This species occurs in the coastal lowlands of eastern Brazil, up to 700m asl, from the State of Pernambuco, south to the State of Espírito Santo.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in primary and secondary forest, and on the forest edge, and is associated mainly with terrestrial and arboreal bromeliads. It has also been found in bromeliads in shrubland and in rocky outcrops. It breeds by direct development, the eggs are carried in a pouch on back of the female, and the young frogs grow in bromeliads.
It is generally a common species.
The major threats are habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, livestock grazing, clear-cutting, selective logging, and collection of bromeliads, fire and human settlement.
It occurs in several protected areas.
This genus has recently been moved from the family Hylidae (Faivovich, et al., 2005).
Ana Carolina Carnaval, Oswaldo Luiz Peixoto 2004. Gastrotheca fissipes. In: IUCN 2014