This species is known only from the lowlands up to 900m asl in the States of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, in southern Brazil. Records from Rio Grande do Sul in extreme southern Brazil probably refer to other species.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in terrestrial and epiphytic bromeliads inside primary, secondary and seasonally flooded forests where it lays its eggs. The larvae develop in bromeliads. It does not survive in heavily degraded areas.
It is a common species.
The major threats are habitat loss due to livestock grazing, clear-cutting, collection of bromeliads, and human settlement.
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 degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Paulo Garcia, Oswaldo Luiz Peixoto 2010. Dendrophryniscus brevipollicatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T54806A11204311. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T54806A11204311.en