This species from southeastern Brazil ranges from the State of São Paulo south to the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It occurs up to 1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives inside moist primary and secondary forest, and on the forest edge, but not in more open areas. It is usually found on shrubs near standing waterbodies. The eggs are laid on leaves over permanent ponds, into which the larvae fall and develop.
It is a very common species.
The major threats are probably related to habitat loss due to agriculture, wood plantations, and clear-cutting.
It occurs in some protected areas.
Paulo Garcia, Axel Kwet 2004. Phyllomedusa distincta. In: IUCN 2014