This species is a Panamanian endemic of the western Pacific lowlands, Azuero Peninsula, central Panama, and Pacific lowlands.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in xeric, scrubby forest and in savannahs. It can occur in artificial habitats and presumably breeds in temporary ponds.
It is common at a number of sites.
Infrastructure development and water pollution are major threats.
Although there are no specific conservation measures in place, the species has been recorded from at least one protected area (Parque Nacional Altos de Campana). Further research is needed into the range, ecology and potential conservation measures.
Scinax altae (a new combination) was recognized as a species distinct from S. staufferi by Duellman (2001).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Scinax altae. In: IUCN 2014