This species occurs in the Cerrados of southwestern Brazil in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo. It possibly also occurs in adjacent Paraguay, but there are no records from there yet. It has been recorded around 800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs on low vegetation in and surrounding temporary and permanent ponds, in open areas. It presumably breeds in ponds. It is not known whether or not it adapts well to anthropogenic disturbance.
It is a locally common species.
Agriculture, both crops and livestock, as well as logging and dam construction are major threats to the species’ habitat.
It is known to occur in at least one protected area (Parque Nacional do Pantanal).
This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Dendropsophus (Faivovich, et al., 2005).
Ulisses Caramaschi, Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues 2004. Dendropsophus elianeae. In: IUCN 2014