This species is known from Northern Argentina (Córdoba, Chaco, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Formosa, Jujuy, Salta, Santiago del Estero, Santa Fe, Tucumán), Chaco and western oriental region of Paraguay; northern Uruguay (Artigas and Salto), lowland Bolivia; and parts of western (Acre) and southern Brazil (Mato Grosso do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul). It occurs from 0-1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs on the ground near ponds and flooded areas. It deposits eggs in large foam nests over puddles and flooded areas, with covered or bare vegetation, in water less than 15cm deep. Males call from the water's edge or from within the water. It adapts well to anthropogenic disturbance.
This is a common species. In Cordoba, populations have declined substantially due to persecution.
It is consumed as food in Argentina, and this has lead to a decline in populations in Cordoba.
The taxonomy needed to resolve this species is complex. It occurs in several protected areas.
This species is a complex of more than one species.
Ronald Heyer, Steffen Reichle, Débora Silvano, Esteban Lavilla, Ismael di Tada 2004. Leptodactylus chaquensis. In: IUCN 2014