This species occurs above 1,000m asl in the mountains of southeastern Brazil, from the Serra da Mantiqueira in the State of São Paulo north to the Serra do Caraça in the State of Minas Gerais.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of open, rocky, high-altitude grassland, living on the ground or on low vegetation near ponds or slow-flowing streams in the upper reaches of the mountains. It breeds in permanent and temporary slow-flowing water.
It is a common species.
Its habitat is under some pressure from fire and tourism, but this species is not seriously threatened.
Much of the range of this species is in protected areas.
Pombal, Haddad and Kasahara (1995) and C.A.G. Cruz (pers. comm.) noted that this name might cover more than one species. A new species, Scinax curicica, was recently separated from S. duartei (Pugliese et al., 2004).
Jaime Bertoluci, Carlos Alberto Gonçalves da Cruz 2010. Scinax duartei. In: IUCN 2014