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Ameiva ameiva male
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. They have also been spotted in the Caribbean Region as well.(West Indies) Usually, their major habitat is located in Brazil, and there are four region: Caatinga, Cerrado, Amazonian rain forest, and Amazonian savanna. [1] Additionally, Ameiva ameiva has been introduced to Florida in the United States.[2]


Sourced from "The Reptile Database".[3]

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


  1. ^ "Geographical ecology of a Neotropical lizard: AMeiva ameiva (Teiidae) in Brazil"
  2. ^ 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).
  3. ^ 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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