The new species is known only from type locality: Lagoa das Bromélias, Parque Estadual da Serra do Brigadeiro, District of Careço, Municipality of Ervália, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil (Caramaschi et al. 2008). The type locality is associated to the northern part of the Mantiqueira Mountain Range Complex. The species has been recorded at 1,227 m asl (Caramaschi et al. 2008).
Habitat and Ecology
The species is found in the vicinity of a temporary pond that completely dries up during the dry season (April to September), but which has ca 250 m² of water surface in the rainy season (October to March). The pond is found within a forest fragment rich in epiphytic flora (Caramaschi et al. 2008). This species is presumed to breed by laying eggs in foam nests.
It is a locally common species during the early wet season. Males have been reported to congregate in densities of up to 20 individuals at the beginning of the wet season (Caramaschi et al. 2008).
There is no information available on major threats to this species.
This species occurs within the boundaries of the Parque Estadual da Serra do Brigadeiro, a 13,000 ha conservation unit managed by the Instituto Estadual de Florestas of the State of Minas Gerais (Caramaschi et al. 2008). More research is needed to determine the species' geographic distribution, population status, life history and threats.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been discovered, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
In the Leptodactylus fuscus species group according to the original description (Caramaschi et al. 2008).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2010. Leptodactylus cupreus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T158473A5200398. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T158473A5200398.en .Downloaded on 13 December 2018