Phyllomedusa ayeaye

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Phyllomedusa ayeaye
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Phyllomedusa
Species: P. ayeaye
Binomial name
Phyllomedusa ayeaye
(B. Lutz, 1966)

Phyllomedusa ayeaye is a species of frog in the Hylidae family. It is endemic to Brazil.[1] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist shrublands, rivers, and freshwater marshes. P. ayeaye is found in the transition zone between cerrado (tropical woodland-savanna) and Atlantic semideciduous forest, laying its eggs on leaves above streams or pools so the tadpoles, when hatched, fall into the water below. This species is under threat from habitat loss resulting from mining activity and fires, and is also affected by pollution from mining and pesticides. Its restricted range is likely to make it particularly vulnerable to these threats.

While currently no specific conservation measures target this colourful amphibian, its occurrence in protected areas, such as the Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra in the state of Minas Gerais and Parque Estadual das Furnas do Bom Jesus in the state of São Paulo, may provide it with some level of protection.