This species from south-eastern Brazil ranges from Linhares, in the state of Espírito Santo, west to Parque Estadual do Rio Doce, in the state of Minas Gerais, and occurs up to 500m asl. Its distribution is still not very well known.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in primary and secondary forest, where it is usually found on the forest floor in leaf-litter near temporary waterbodies (but not in open areas). The eggs are laid in foam nests on the leaf-litter near water, and larval development takes place in temporary pools.
It is locally common.
Although all known sites are protected, this species almost certainly occurs in nearby areas, where agricultural development, wood plantations, livestock grazing, logging, human settlement and dams threaten its habitat.
This species is only known from the following areas, which are all protected areas: Parque Estadual do Rio Doce, the Reserva Biológica de Sooretama, and the Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural Feliciano Miguel Abdala.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Carlos Alberto Gonçalves da Cruz, Jaime Bertoluci, Luciana Barreto Nascimento 2004. Physalaemus obtectus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57268A11611420. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57268A11611420.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019