This species was previously recorded only from the non-specific type locality "Venezuela". However, Physalaemus enesefae has now been shown to be a synonym of this species, thus clarifying its geographic range. It is widespread in northern Venezuela south of the Andes and the coastal mountains, with records from the states of Apure, Bolívar, Cojedes, Guárico and probably Portuguesa, and an isolated record to the south in the state of Amazonas. In Colombia, the species has been recorded for the "Llanos orientales" in the departments of Arauco, Meta and Casanare. It occurs below 800m asl. It is likely to occur in Guyana, but there are no records.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in savannahs, grassland, shrubland, pastureland and tropical rainforest. It is nocturnal, and is usually found near pools, and the males have been observed calling from secluded places and from herbaceous vegetation. It breeds in temporary and permanent pools.
It is a very common species.
With the exception of the impacts of fire on the vegetation structure, this species is unlikely to be facing any significant threats.
It occurs in protected areas in both countries.
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 to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Gorzula and Señaris (1999) demonstrated that Physalaemus enesefae is a synonym of this previously overlooked taxon. However, Ruíz-Carranza et al. (1996) included the species in the fauna of Colombia, and considered Physalaemus neglectus dunni Cochran and Goin (1970) to be a synonym.
Celsa Señaris, Fernando Castro 2010. Physalaemus fischeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T57256A11610235. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T57256A11610235.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018