This species occurs in humid lowlands and lower premontane forests from eastern Nicaragua to northwestern Panama on the Atlantic versant and on the Pacific slope from the Río Barranca drainage of central Costa Rica to southwestern Panama. There is also isolated population at Bajo Calima in the Pacific lowlands of Colombia. It occurs from sea level to 1,200m, mostly below 700m. Records of Scinax quinquefasciata from Colombia might be referable to this species.
Habitat and Ecology
It is primarily a nocturnal species of lowland, and marginally montane, tropical forest. It can also be found in secondary and disturbed forest habitats. It breeds in temporary ponds during the wet season. Eggs are laid in the pond, or on adjacent vegetation, and the larvae develop in the ponds.
It is a very common species.
The major threats are likely to be severe deforestation for agricultural development, plantations, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the use of agro-chemicals. Although it is somewhat adaptable, it probably cannot tolerate the opening up of the habitat on a large scale.
It has been recorded from several protected areas.
The relationship between this species and Scinax quinquefasciata needs to be investigated; they might be conspecific (K.-H. Jungfer pers. comm.). This taxon was misspelt in earlier versions of the GAA as Scinax elaeochraoa, it is corrected in this version (August, 2007).
Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Jaramillo, C., Chaves, G., Savage, J., Köhler, G., Jungfer, K., Bolívar, W. & Bolaños, F. 2008. Scinax elaeochrous. In: IUCN 2014