This species from northeastern Brazil ranges from the State of Paraiba (at Sao Jose do Bonfim), south to the central part of the State of Bahia (as Maracas) and the northern part of the State of Minas Gerais (at Manga). It is a lowland species, typically found at around 200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in "Caatinga" dry savannah, where it is terrestrial, usually being found near temporary ponds or in the water. It presumably makes foam nests with larval development in temporary pools.
It is a rare species over its large range.
The major threats are probably related to habitat loss due to agriculture, livestock grazing and fire.
It is not known from any protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Cristina Arzabe, Débora Silvano 2004. Physalaemus cicada. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57246A11608322. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57246A11608322.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019