This species from coastal eastern and southeastern Brazil is known from the States of Bahia, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. It has been recorded up to 1,000m (but the natural limits are not clear because it spreads beyond its natural range in horticultural bromeliads).
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in open habitats, coastal "Restinga" scrub, and the edges of the forests, often it is found on low vegetation near waterbodies. It likes to shelter in bromeliads and is very abundant in those growing on rocks near the coast. It breeds in temporary and permanent ponds.
It is a common species.
The major threats are probably related to habitat loss due to agriculture, livestock grazing, human settlement, tourism, and collection of bromeliads.
It occurs in several protected areas.
This species is probably a complex of several species (B. Pimenta pers. comm.).
Monique Van Sluys, Carlos Frederico da Rocha 2004. Scinax cuspidatus. In: IUCN 2014