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Giant ameiva male (Ameiva ameiva)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Ameiva
F. Meyer, 1795

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Ameiva, commonly called jungle-runners, is a genus of whiptail lizards that belongs to the family Teiidae.

Geographic range[edit]

Member species of the genus Ameiva are found in South America and Central America.

Additionally, Ameiva ameiva has been introduced to Florida in the United States.[1]


Sourced from "The Reptile Database".[2]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Ameiva.


  1. ^ Conant R (1975). A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Second Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. xviii + 429 pp. + Plates 1-48. ISBN 0-395-19979-4 (hardcover), ISBN 0-395-19977-8 (paperback). (Ameiva ameiva, pp. 120-121 + Plate 17 + Map 92).
  2. ^ Ameiva. The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Meyer FAA (1795). Synopsis reptilium, novam ipsorum sistens generum methodum, nec non Gottingensium huius ordinis animalium enumerationem. Göttingen: van den Hoek and Ruprecht. 32 pp. (Ameiva, new genus, p. 27). (in Latin).

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