This recently described species is known from several localities in north-eastern Brazil in the states of Alagoas and Pernambuco: Mata do Catole, in the municipality of Maceio; Rio Largo; Mata da Salava; the Estación Ecológica Murici; and Jaqueira. It occurs from sea level up to 650m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in arboreal bromeliads in forest, and also in bromeliads in rocky outcrops, but it has not been found in disturbed habitats. It breeds by larval development in bromeliads.
This is a common species.
The major threats to this species are probably related to habitat loss due to agricultural development, wood extraction, human settlement and collection of bromeliads. The area where it is found is suffering from severe fragmentation and reduction in extent of forest patches, and some populations in Alagoas appear to be at severe risk as a result of this.
It occurs in the Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural Frei Caneca and in the Estación Ecológica Murici.
Eliza Maria Xavier Freire, Oswaldo Luiz Peixoto 2004. Phyllodytes edelmoi. In: IUCN 2014