This species is known from the vicinity of the type locality (Teresópolis) in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and from Serra Mantiqueira and Serra do Mar in Rio de Janeiro State, and the region of Domingos Martins, in Espirito Santo State, Brazil. The distribution map is based on the assumption that it occurs in intervening areas between the known sites. It occurs from 700-1,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
The species occurs on vegetation near waterbodies in forest edge. It breeds in slow-flowing permanent streams. It has not been recorded from anthropogenic habitats.
It is not thought to be a common species.
The known range of this species is currently restricted to protected areas, so the main threat is fire, although there is some illegal infrastructure development for human settlement also occurring in the parks. It most likely occurs outside these areas, and hence will be locally threatened by farming and deforestation.
The known sites of the species are wholly within a few protected areas, but the species clearly occurs outside protected areas as well. Conservation and maintenance of its habitat are essential. More research into the species' Extent of Occurrence, ecological requirements and population status is needed, in particular to determine if it occurs outside its known range.
Sergio Potsch de Carvalho-e-Silva, Ulisses Caramaschi 2004. Scinax cardosoi. In: IUCN 2014