This species is known from Morro do Ferro (type locality), in the municipality of Poços de Caldas, state of Minas Gerais, and from Parque Estadual das Furnas do Bom Jesus, in the municipality of Pedregulho, state of São Paulo, Brazil. The taxonomic status of the population at Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra, in the municipality of São Roque de Minas, Minas Gerais, requires assessment. It is found between 647-1540m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species has been found in transition zones between typical cerrado and secondary semideciduous forest. It occurs in open areas on shrubs near pools. The egg clutch is deposited on leaves above permanent flowing water, and when hatched the tadpoles fall into streams below.
It is a rare species. It seems to occur at low densities at the Parque Estadual das Furnas do Bom Jesus (Araujo et al., 2007).
Habitat loss due to mining and fires, as well as pollution from mining activities, are the major threats.
The species is known to occur in Parque Estadual das Furnas do Bom Jesus (Araujo et al., 2007).
Populations in Serra da Canastra could pertain to a different taxon (R. Brandão, pers. comm. 2008).
Ulisses Caramaschi, Carlos Alberto Gonçalves da Cruz, Raphael Lima, Reuber Brandão 2010. Phyllomedusa ayeaye. In: IUCN 2014