This species is widespread in western Ecuador. There are also records for the Pacific lowlands of Colombia in the Department of Chocó, though these might be referable to Scinax elaeochrous. It has been recorded from 20-500m asl. It has also become established as an alien species in the vicinity of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands (not mapped here).
Habitat and Ecology
It is a very adaptable species, living on the forest edge and in open habitats with some trees, even entering houses. It breeds in temporary pools.
It is a very abundant species.
It is not facing any significant threats.
It occurs in the Parque Nacional Mache Chindul, Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, Parque Nacional Machalilla, and Reserva Ecológica Manglares-Churute.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively 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 form might be a complex of more than one species (D. Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm.). The relationship between this species and Scinax elaeochroa needs to be investigated; they might be conspecific (K.-H. Jungfer pers. comm.). J. Lynch and K.-H. Jungfer (pers. comm.) consider that Colombian populations might belong to S. elaeochroa.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Wilmar Bolívar 2004. Scinax quinquefasciatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55990A11393851. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55990A11393851.en