The Umbilicate Sprite is found from "Alaska south to Oregon, northern Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and eastern Oklahoma, east to eastern Ohio, western New York; in Canada in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba; also Texas if P. carus
is a synonym." (British Columbia Conservation Data Centre 2012
). It occurs in vernal ponds, marshes and flooded margins of (intermittent) streams in dense vegetation--it also is found in small rives on southern Vancouver Island (British Columbia Conservation Data Centre 2012).