This species ranges widely in central and southeastern Brazil from Brasília, the Serra da Mantiqueira and the coastal ranges, south to the State of Rio Grande do Sul and extreme northeastern Argentina in Misiones Province, at elevations of 300-1,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
In the north of its range, it is a typical montane species, living on the forest edge and inside forest. In the south, it lives in more open habitats in shrublands and grasslands. It breeds near slow-flowing streams and permanent ponds with clear bottoms. It tolerates substantial habitat destruction.
Males build concealed subterranean nests and guide the females to these nests, where eggs (mean = 227 eggs; range = 101-288; n = 5 clutches) are laid. Embryos and facultatively oophagous tadpoles (at least in stage 25) stay in these nests until flooding transports them to ponds or streams (Haddad et al., 2005).
It is a very common species.
Apart from the effects of water pollution, there are very few threats to this species.
It occurs in several protected areas in Brazil. Some populations are protected in Iguazú National Park and minor provincial reserves of Misiones Province.
Paula Cabral Eterovick, Axel Kwet, Esteban Lavilla, Diego Baldo 2010. Aplastodiscus perviridis. In: IUCN 2014