This species is known from northeastern, central, southeastern and southern Brazil; Misiones and Entre Rios, Argentina; Eastern Paraguay. In addition, there is a single specimen tentatively listed as this species, coming from El Manteco, in Bolivar State, Venezuela. The identity of this specimen requires further investigation. It occurs up to 2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a widespread, nocturnal species that occurs in many habitats including open grassland, flooded savannahs, and pastureland. It breeds in cattle ponds or temporary waterbodies such as puddles, often in water-filled hoof tracks. The eggs are laid in foam nests, attached to grass stems at the margin of the pond. It is a very adaptive species.
It is common throughout much of its range.
It is not threatened overall. It is locally threatened in Argentina by the destruction of Chaco habitat for agriculture and wood extraction, land and water pollution caused by agrochemical runoff.
Its range includes several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Abraham Mijares, Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues, Diego Baldo 2010. Physalaemus cuvieri. In: IUCN 2014