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Ameiva fuscata near Coulibistrie River-a01.jpg
Ameiva fuscata in Dominica.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Ameiva
F. Meyer, 1795

36, see text

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, Central America, Mexico, and throughout various islands of the Caribbean.

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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