This species is known from Hacienda El Potrero, near the city of Córdoba, west-central Veracruz, Mexico.
Habitat and Ecology
The holotype was collected in tropical humid forest, and it is not known whether or not it can adapt to secondary habitats. It is terrestrial and presumably reproduces by direct development.
It is known only from the holotype.
It is doubtful that any suitable habitat for this species survives. In the last 50 years since it was discovered, Córdoba has undergone massive development and there has also been extensive agricultural expansion.
It is not known from any protected area. Urgent fieldwork is needed in the vicinity of Córdoba to locate any habitats where this species might survive. It is listed as "Threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake 2010. Pseudoeurycea praecellens. In: IUCN 2014