Ameiva maynardi

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Ameiva maynardi
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Ameiva
Species: A. maynardi
Binomial name
Ameiva maynardi
Garman, 1888

Ameiva maynardi, commonly known as the Great Inagua ameiva, Inagua ameiva, or Inagua blue-tailed lizard, is species of lizard, a member of the family Teiidae. The species is endemic to the Bahamas. Three subspecies have been described.[1]


The specific name, maynardi, is in honor of American ornithologist Charles Johnson Maynard.[2]


Ameiva maynardi is considered quite small compared to other Ameiva species. Males measure an average of 72 mm (2.83 in) snout-vent length (SVL), and females average 70 mm (2.76 in) SVL.


Ameiva maynardi is mainly insectivorous, however, little is known of its natural history.


Ameiva maynardi is often encountered in the upper beach zone. It prefers sandy and loamy areas, but is also found in rocky and sparse vegetative areas.


Three subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.[1]


Ameiva maynardi is found only in Inagua, Bahamas. A. m. maynardi is found on the north and west coasts of Great Inagua Island. A. m. parvinaguae is found on Little Inagua. A. m. uniformis is found in the eastern and southern portions of Great Inagua Island.


  1. ^ a b Ameiva maynardi, The Reptile Database
  2. ^ 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 maynardi, p. 172).
  3. ^ Noble, G.K. and Klingel, G.C. August 11, 1932. American Museum Novitates number 549: "The Reptiles of Great Inagua Island, British West Indies." [1] [2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Schwartz A, Henderson RW (1991). Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies: Descriptions, Distributions, and Natural History. Gainesville: University of Florida Press. 714 pp. ISBN 978-0813010496.
  • Schwartz A, Thomas R (1975). A Check-list of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 216 pp. (Ameiva maynardi, pp. 60–61).
  • Campbell DG (1981). The Ephemeral Islands: A Natural History of the Bahamas. London & Basingstoke: Macmillan Education. 160 pp. ISBN 978-0333226759.

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