This species ranges widely in northeastern Brazil, from the State of Maranhao, south to the northern part of the State of Minas Gerais. It occurs up to 1,000m asl. Records from Argentina are apparently based on confusion with Physalaemus biligonigerus.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of open areas, living in dunes, "Cerrado" and "Caatinga" savannahs and coastal "Restinga", but not in forest. It is usually found on the ground near temporary ponds, or in the water. It breeds in temporary ponds.
It is a common species.
The major threats are probably related to habitat loss due to livestock grazing and fire.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
This species is a complex comprising several species (G. Andrade pers. comm.).
Gilda Andrade, Flora Junca 2004. Physalaemus albifrons. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57238A11607117. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57238A11607117.en .Downloaded on 16 November 2018