This species is known from the States of Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas and northeastern Bahia, in coastal northeastern Brazil. It occurs patchily within its range, not in all areas of apparently suitable habitat. It occurs up to 800 masl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in terrestrial and arboreal bromeliads, and in forest-floor leaf-litter inside primary and secondary forest. It is dependent upon bromeliads in which lays its eggs. The larvae develop in bromeliads. It does not survive in heavily degraded habitats.
It occurs patchily, but is common where it occurs.
The major threats are habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, livestock grazing, clear-cutting, and collection of bromeliads, wood plantations and human settlement.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Ariadne Angulo 2008. Frostius pernambucensis. In: IUCN 2013