This species from southeastern Brazil is known from several localities in the State of Espírito Santo, from Domingos Martins northwards, as far as Porto Seguro in the State of Bahia. It occurs up to 600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives inside bromeliads in the canopy of lowland moist forest, and does not occur in degraded areas. It breeds by larval development in bromeliads.
It is not a common species.
The major threats are probably related to habitat loss due to agriculture, livestock grazing, logging, human settlement and collection of bromeliads.
It occurs in three reserves: Santa Tereza and Santa Lucia Estacion Biólogica; Reserva Biólogica Augusto Ruschi; and Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural Estação Veracruz.
Débora Silvano, Oswaldo Luiz Peixoto, Bruno Pimenta 2004. Phyllodytes kautskyi. In: IUCN 2014