This recently described species is known from two localities in north-eastern Brazil: Fazenda Bananeiras, in the municipality of Murici, in the state of Alagoas; and Usina Colonia in the state of Pernambuco. It has been recorded up to around 650m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in arboreal bromeliads in forest (in which it breeds by larval development), and has not been found in degraded habitats.
It is less common than Phyllodytes edelmoi, with which it shares a similar geographic range.
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.
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 gyrinaethes. In: IUCN 2014