This species is known only from Jaboticatubas, in the Serra do Cipó, in Minas Gerais State, Brazil, above 800m asl. It probably occurs more widely than is currently known, within the Serra do Cipó.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an explosive and restricted breeder with activity restricted to a few days at the beginning of the rainy season (hence making it potentially difficult to locate at other times). It breeds in swamps or temporary puddles, and probably does not adapt well to anthropogenic disturbance.
Although this species has not been recorded in 30 years, its particular breeding habits mean that it might have escaped detection in surveys of its range.
The most significant threats to its habitat are infrastructure development for human settlement, and fires. Disturbance of the habitat by tourists is also a threat.
It has not yet been recorded from any protected areas, but is likely to occur in a few.
This species was previously with the genus Hyla, but was recently moved to Scinax (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Luciana Barreto Nascimento, Paula Cabral Eterovick, Débora Silvano 2004. Scinax pinima. In: IUCN 2014