This species occurs in the coastal region of eastern Brazil from the State of Pernambuco, south to southern Espírito Santo State. Records from Paraíba require confirmation. It occurs up to 650m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in bromeliads in lowland moist forest and in coastal "Restinga" shrubland (including in quite open "Restinga"). It breeds by larval development in bromeliads. The females lay a few eggs in each leaf axil and use more than one bromeliad during egg laying.
It is a common species.
The major threats are probably related to habitat loss due to agriculture, wood plantations, livestock grazing, fire, logging, human settlement and collection of bromeliads.
It occurs in many protected areas.
This form is probably a complex of several species (O. Peixoto pers. comm.). P. wuchereri was recently revalidated by Caramaschi, Peixoto, and Rodrigues (2004).
Débora Silvano, Gilda Andrade 2004. Phyllodytes luteolus. In: IUCN 2014