Censky's ameiva

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Censky's ameiva
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Ameiva
Species: A. corax
Binomial name
Ameiva corax
Censky & Paulson, 1992
Synonyms[2]
  • Ameiva corax
    Censky & Paulson, 1992
  • Pholidoscelis corax
    Goicoechea et al., 2016

Censky's ameiva or the Little Scrub Island ground lizard (Ameiva corax) is a species of lizard in the family Teiidae.

Geographic range[edit]

A. corax is endemic to the tiny islet of Little Scrub, off the coast of Scrub Island, Anguilla.[1]

Conservation status[edit]

The population of A. corax appears to be thriving, possibly due to its isolation from human activity.

Description[edit]

A. corax is a melanistic species, superficially similar in its dark coloration and scalation to Ameiva atrata and Ameiva corvina, other species also found on small, barren Caribbean islands. This is believed to be due to independent adaptation to the similar local environments.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Powell R, Mayer GC (2010). "Ameiva corax ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pholidoscelis corax ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Censky EJ, Paulson DR (1992). "Revision of Ameiva (Reptilia: Teiidae) of the Anguilla Bank, West Indies". Ann. Carnegie Mus. 61: 177-195. (Ameiva corax, new species, p. 187).
  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S (1999). Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean. Oxford, England: Macmillan Education Ltd. 144 pp. ISBN 0-333-69141-5 (Ameiva corax, p. 54).
  • Powell, Robert; Henderson, Robert W. (2005). "Conservation Status of Lesser Antillean Reptiles". Iguana 12 (2): 63–77.

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