World map showing the distribution of Lingula anatina.
Lingula anatina tends to be restricted to littoral and sub-littoral environments.
The substrate can vary widely from estuarine mudflats to fine sands to environments rich in coral reef debris.
In all cases, Lingula anatina has an infaunal lifestyle.
The geographic distribution of modern Lingula is restricted to:
Fossil forms however were far more widespread and have an almost global distribution.