This frog requires temporary or permanent pools in rocky arid scrub and mountains. It is found in rocky canyons and along intermittent or permanent streams. It frequents arroyos in semi-arid grassland, streams in pinon-juniper and pine-oak woodlands, and tropical scrub forest (Mexico) (Stebbins, 1985). It is primarily terrestrial, and in breeds in pools along canyon-bottom streams.
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Geoffrey Hammerson 2010. Hyla arenicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. . Downloaded on 18 December 2014.
Near camp Mantella
Near camp Marojejia.
This frog is described as Mantidactylus sp. aff. lugubris “Marojejy" in "A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar" (Frank Glaw, Miguel Vences).