Pristimantis cordovae is known from four localities at elevations of 3400–3985 masl (up to 4010 masl based on vocalizations) between Quiruvilca and Huamachuco (airline distance 37 km), Province of Santiago de Chuco, Department of La Libertad, Peru. These localities are on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Occidental in northwestern Peru (Lehr and Duellman, 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
The species inhabits the Puna Ecoregion. At the type locality, the dominant vegetation consists of Polylepis sp. and Peruvian Feather Grass (Stipa icchu). Individuals are found under rocks between, or in, clumps of Stipa icchu near small streams. Males call from within clumps of Stipa icchu at 1630–2300 hrs. Gastrotheca peruana occurs sympatrically with P. cordovae (Lehr and Duellman, 2007). The species needs puna grass (micro habitat)(E. Lehr, pers. comm. 2008).
This is considered to be a common species (E. Lehr, pers. comm. 2008).
There are mines close to the type locality of this species (E. Lehr, pers. comm. 2008).
No conservation measures are known for this species.
In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) orestes group according to the original publication. In the genus Pristimantis following Heinicke et al. (2007). Pristimantis cordovae can be distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological features and different colour patterns (see Lehr and Duellman, 2007).
Edgar Lehr 2008. Pristimantis cordovae. In: IUCN 2014