This species is present in the Coastal Range mountains of northern Venezuela and has also been recorded over much of the island of Trinidad (in Trinidad and Tobago). It has been recorded from below 100m asl (on Trinidad) up to approximately 1,300m asl (in Venezuela).
Habitat and Ecology
It is a bush dwelling species commonly found in slender bushes at the edges of ponds, generally in quite open country, but also in moist forests. It is also found by ditches in secondary forests. The adults and their nests are found living in trees above water tanks and other man-made pools of water. It builds nests by joining two leaves, and then places the eggs in this nest overhanging standing water, and when hatched the tadpoles drop into the water below. It has also been found in polluted water, and is considered to be an adaptable species.
It is a common species.
There is some severe habitat loss/degradation impacting some local sub-populations, but as a whole there are no major threats at present, since it is adaptable.
The range of this species overlaps several protected areas along the Venezuelan Coastal Range.
Specimens from km 38 in the Gran Sabana region, reported by Heatwole et al. (1965) as Phyllomedusa burmeisteri trinitatis, were considered by Duellman (1999) to be P. tarsius.
Abraham Mijares, Jesús Manzanilla, Enrique La Marca, Jerry Hardy 2004. Phyllomedusa trinitatis. In: IUCN 2014