Physalaemus maximus
family: Leptodactylidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Brazil



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from Fazenda Neblina, at 1375 masl in the Serra do Brigadeiro, municipality of Araponga, and from the municipality of Ouro Preto (20 29' S, 43 35' W, 1248 masl), both in the state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil (Feio et al., 1999, Baêta et al., 2005). These localities are separated by ca 120 km (Baêta et al., 2005).

Habitat and Ecology

It has been found in the margins of temporary ponds, in which it makes a foam nest, and in swampy areas in moist rainforest, and in forest edges. It can tolerate slight disturbance to its habitat, but it does not occur in more degraded areas and is not found outside forest.


It is relatively common in suitable habitat.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threats to this species are probably related to habitat loss due to fire and human settlement.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in Parque Estadual da Serra do Brigadeiro.

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.

Taxonomic Notes

In the Physalaemus signifer group according to the original publication (Frost, 2007). In the Physalaemus olfersii group of Nascimento et al. (2005).


Leandro O. Drummond 2008. Physalaemus maximus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T29442A9497452. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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