Griswold's ameiva

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Griswold's ameiva
Griswold's Ameiva.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Pholidoscelis
P. griswoldi
Binomial name
Pholidoscelis griswoldi
Barbour, 1916
  • Ameiva griswoldi
    — Barbour, 1916
  • Pholidoscelis griswoldi
    Goicoechea et al., 2016

Griswold's ameiva (Pholidoscelis griswoldi) is a species of lizard in the family Teiidae. The species is endemic to Antigua and Barbuda, where it is found on both islands. It is also known as the Antiguan ameiva or the Antiguan ground lizard.[3]


The specific name, griswoldi, is in honor of Dr. Donald W. Griswold who was Director of the Rockefeller West Indian Hookworm Commission.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

P. griswoldi is common on Barbuda, and more common on the offshore islands of Antigua than on that main island.


Populations of P. griswoldi on Barbuda are dark brown with irregular, cream-colored splotches. The flanks are pale blue-green and tan, with black spots and markings. The ventral surface is gray with black on its chest.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dewynter M, Daltry JC, Powell R (2016). "Ameiva griswoldi ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Pholidoscelis griswoldi ". The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ "The Bigger Picture". Antiguan Racer Conservation Project. 2001. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Ameiva griswoldi, p. 109).

Further reading[edit]

  • Barbour T (1916). "Additional Notes on West Indian Reptiles and Amphibians". Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 29: 215-220. (Ameiva griswoldi, new species, pp. 216-217).
  • Goicoehea, Noemí; Frost, Darrel R.; De la Riva, Ignacio; Pellegrino, Katia C. M.; Sites, Jack Jr; Rodrigues, Miguel T.; Padial, José M. (2016). "Molecular systematics of teioid lizards (Teioidea/Gymnophthalmoidea: Squamata) based on the analysis of 48 loci under tree-alignment and similarity-alignment". Cladistics 32 (6): 624-671. (Pholidoscelis griswoldi, new combination).
  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999). Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean. London and Oxford: Macmillan Education Ltd. pp. 68–70. ISBN 0-333-69141-5.
  • 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 griswoldi, p. 59).