This species from coastal southeastern Brazil ranges from the eastern part of the State of São Paulo to the northeastern part of the State of Paraná, Brazil. It occurs close to sea level.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of lowland forest and forest edge, as well as coastal "Restinga" scrub, but not in more open areas. It breeds in temporary ponds and other areas subject to flooding on the forest floor. The males call from the edges of forest ponds, and the eggs are laid in a foam nests that can be deposited on the water, or anchored to the margins of the ponds, or placed on humid leaf-litter near the ponds.
It is a common species.
The major threats are probably related to habitat loss due to clear-cutting, tourism and human settlement.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it is common and reasonably adaptable with a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Magno Vicente Segalla, Paulo Garcia 2004. Physalaemus spiniger. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57279A11597838. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57279A11597838.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019