This species is currently known only from southern Bahia, southeastern Brazil. It is also expected to occur in northeastern Minas Gerais and northern Espírito Santo States, due to the proximity and similarity of vegetation types between southern Bahia and these areas.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is known from temporary ponds in cow pastures at the edges of Atlantic Rain Forest fragments, natural forest clearings, and cacao plantations. Males were found calling from the edges of ponds, or floating in shallow water. Females were found near ponds or on forest leaf-litter. The species is presumed to be a larval developer.
No information is currently available.
The Atlantic Forest has been subject to substantial deforestation and fragmentation due to historical logging and ongoing large-scale clearance for cattle pasture, and crops such as sugar cane, coffee, and exotic trees, as well as for smallholder agriculture. Complete loss of forest habitat is likely to adversely affect this species, but some degree of degradation and opening of the forest canopy appears likely to actually benefit it.
This species is not known to occur in any protected areas.
Simon Stuart 2006. Physalaemus erikae. In: IUCN 2013