This species is known only from the type locality, Pirassununga, in São Paulo State, Brazil. It most likely occurs in a larger area, but this area has been poorly sampled. It has been recorded from around 600-700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found on the top of blades of grass in savannahs, and breeds in temporary and permanent ponds.
This is a very common species where it is known to occur.
The main threats to this species are thought to be fire and agricultural pollution.
Its type locality is within a protected area.
This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Dendropsophus (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Ulisses Caramaschi, Carlos Alberto Gonçalves da Cruz 2004. Dendropsophus rhea. In: IUCN 2014