This species is known from the Sierra Madre Occidental, from central Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Puebla, and Veracruz, and from the central Cordillera Volcanica in Mexico.
Habitat and Ecology
In central Mexico, this species occurs at high elevations (2,400-3,600m asl) in pine and fir forests in mountainous habitat. In Veracruz, it inhabits lower elevations (1,400-1,500m asl) and is associated with low and moderate streams and ponds, where it presumably breeds.
This is a very common species and its population appears stable at present.
This species appears to be well adapted and able to survive in disturbed areas.
The range of this species includes two protected areas. No conservation measures are deemed necessary at present. This species is listed as "Threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Luis Canseco-Márquez 2004. Hyla plicata. In: IUCN 2014