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Southeastern Brazil (type locality Santa Catarina), Costa Rica. Costa Rica: Atlantic slope rainforest (Hitoy Cerere, Turrialba, Barva Transect, Pe–as Blancas).
Discothyrea are extremely small, cryptobiotic inhabitatants of forest leaf litter (see Genus Overview).
This species is known from Winkler and Berlese samples of forest floor litter. On the Barva Transect in Braulio Carrillo National Park, it occurs from 300-1100m elevation. It is much less common than D. horni.
Alto Paraná, Itapúa (BMNH).
Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in montane wet forest, 5 times found in Semideciduous seasonal forest, 4 times found in tropical rainforest, with some big trees, probably a mix of primary and secondary forest, 3 times found in tropical rainforest, with big trees, probably primary, 2 times found in wet forest, 2 times found in mature wet forest, 2 times found in Primary wet forest, 1 times found in cloud forest, primary, near ridgetop, 1 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, isolated peak with oak trees.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 18 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times Hojarasca, 1 times ex sifted leaf litter and rotten wood.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 9 times miniWinkler, 6 times maxiWinkler, 6 times Winkler, 2 times Hypogaeic winkler, 1 times Winkler (soil + litter), 1 times Mini Winkler.
Elevations: collected from 190 - 1060 meters, 550 meters average