Ameiva festiva

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Ameiva festiva
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Ameiva
Species: A. festiva
Binomial name
Ameiva festiva
(Lichtenstein, 1856)
  • Cnemidophorus festivus Lichtenstein, 1856
  • Ameiva festivus
    Bocourt, 1874
  • Ameiva festiva
    Boulenger, 1885
  • Holcosus festivus
    Harvey et al., 2012[2]

Ameiva festiva, commonly known as the Middle American ameiva, Central American whiptail, or tiger ameiva, is a species of whiptail lizard endemic to Central America and northern South America.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

A. festiva is found from southern Mexico to Colombia.[2]


A. festiva is brown-colored, with darker browns making a zig-zag pattern down the back. A similar species is Ameiva quadrilineata. Juveniles have metallic-blue tails.[3]


A. festiva lives in open habitats.[3]


Three subspecies are recognized, including the nominotypical subspecies.[2]

Nota bene: A taxon author (binomial authority or trinomial authority) in parentheses indicates that the taxon (species or subspecies) was originally described in a different genus (in this case, a genus other than Ameiva).


The subspecific name, edwardsii, is in honor of French zoologist Alphonse Milne-Edwards.[4]


  1. ^ IUCN (2016). "Holcosus festivus ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Holcosus festivus at the Reptile Database.
  3. ^ a b Ameiva festiva, Lizards of Las Cruces Biological Station, Costa Rica.
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Ameiva festiva edwardsii, p. 80).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume II. ... Teiidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 497 pp. + Plates I-XXIV. (Ameiva festiva, p. 347).
  • Lichtenstein "H". 1856. Nomenclator reptilium et amphibiorum musei zoologici Berolinensis: Namenverzeichniss der in der zoologischen Sammlung der Königlichen Universität zu Berlin aufgestellten Arten von Reptilien und Amphibien nach ihren Ordnungen, Familien und Gattungen. Berlin: Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. iv + 48 pp. (Cnemidophorus festivus, new species, p. 13). (in Latin and German).

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