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Taxonomy of the family Teiidae
Bibliography of the genus Ameiva
Biodiversity of the family Teiidae








Genus
Ameiva

South American Ameivas, Jungle Runners, (Racerunners, Whiptails)

Südamerikanische Ameiven

Sydamerikanske Ameivaer

1795 Ameiua Meyer (type species: Ameiua americana Meyer 1795)
Ameiva Bechstein 1800 [emendation of Ameiua Meyer 1795]
1828 Cnemidotus Wagler (type species: Lacerta ameiva Linnaeus 1768; syn. Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970)
1833 Pachylobronchus Wagler (type species: Lacerta ameiva Linnaeus 1768; syn. Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970)
1840 Amieva Gray (type species: Amieva trilineata Gray; syn. Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970)
1843 Pholidoscelis Fitzinger (type species: Ameiva major Dumeril & Bibron 1839; syn. Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970)
1892 Tiaporus Cope (type species: Tiaporus fuliginosus Cope 1862; syn. Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970)
1900 Tejaporus Cope [emendation of Tiaporus Cope 1892]
Contents: 13 species, of which 9 (69.2%) are endemic.
Remarks: Previously included the species now assigned to Holcosus, Medopheos, and Pholidoscelis. This generic taxonomic arrangement was considered unwarranted by Giugliano, Nogueira, Valdujo, Collevatti & Colli (2013), but supported by Tucker, Colli, Giugliano, Hedges, Hendry, Lemmon, Lemmon, Sites & Pyron (2016).
Distribution: S. Central America, South America, SE. West Indies.
Reported from: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil (Acre, Alagoas, Amapa, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Distrito Federal, Espirito Santo, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para [incl. Marajo Island], Paraiba, Parana, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondonia, Roraima, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins), Colombia (incl. Providencia), Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines (incl. Union Island, Saint Vincent), Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago (Tobago, Trinidad), Venezuela (incl. Los Frailes, Margarita).

Ameiva aggerecusans

Chachapoyas Ameiva

Chachapoyas-Ameive

Chachapoyas-ameiva

2013 Ameiva aggerecusans Koch, Venegas, Rödder, Flecks & Böhme

Distribution: Peru.


Ameiva ameiva

Giant Ameiva, Jungle Runner, South American Ground Lizard, Amazon Racerunner, Neotropical Ameiva

Grüne Ameive

Sydamerikansk Kćmpeameiva, Almindelig Ameiva

1758 Lacerta ameiva Linnaeus
Ameiva ameiva Cockerell 1893
1768 Seps surinamensis Laurenti (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1768 Seps zeylanicus Laurenti (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1795 Ameiua americana Meyer (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1802 Lacerta graphica Daudin (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1802 Lacerta litterata Daudin (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1823 Ameiva vulgaris Lichtenstein [substitute name for Lacerta ameiva Linnaeus 1758] (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1825 Teius tritaeniatus Spix (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1825 Tejus lateristriga Spix (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1825 Tejus tritaeniatus Spix (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1838 Ameiva maculata Gray (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1845 Ameiva guttata Gray (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1862 Ameiva laeta Cope (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
Ameiva ameiva laeta Barbour & Noble 1915
1862 Lacerta tristriata Cope [lapsus for Tejus tritaeniatus Spix 1825] (Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970)
1868 Ameiva petersii Cope (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
Ameiva ameiva petersi Barbour & Noble 1915
1871 Ameiva bifrontata Peters [not Ameiva bifrontata Cope 1862] (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1871 Ameiva pleurotaenia Peters [substitute name for Ameiva bifrontata Peters 1871] (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1876 Cnemidophorus armatulus Cope (Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970)
1879 Amiva surinamensis tobaganus Cope (Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970)
Ameiva ameiva tobagana Underwood 1962
1888 Ameiva aquilina Garman (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
Ameiva ameiva aquilina Ugueto & Harvey 2011
1910 Cnemidophorus roeschmanni Werner (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1915 Ameiva ameiva bilineata Barbour & Noble (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)

Other common names:
petersi: Amazon Jungle Runner
Remarks: Previously included atrigularis, fuliginosa, praesignis, and populations now know as pantherina (Ugueto & Harvey 2011). In spite of its name, the subspecies tobagana does not occur on Tobago (Tuck & Hardy 1973). Records from Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina are erroneous (Costa & Bérnils 2018).
Introduced to: Barbados, USA (Florida).
Distribution: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil (Acre, Alagoas, Amapa, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Distrito Federal, Espirito Santo, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para [incl. Marajo Island], Paraiba, Parana, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rondonia, Roraima, Sao Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins), Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines (incl. Union Island, Saint Vincent), Surinam, Venezuela.


Ameiva atrigularis

Black-throated Ameiva

Schwarzkehl-Ameive

Sortstrubet Ameiva

1887 Ameiva surinamensis var. atrigularis Garman
Ameiva atrigularis Barbour & Noble 1915
1915 Ameiva ameiva melanocephala Barbour & Noble (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of ameiva (e.g., Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970). Revalidated by Ugueto & Harvey (2011). The Ameiva population in Tobago is here tentatively assigned to atrigularis, pending confirmation.
Distribution: Trinidad & Tobago (Tobago, Trinidad), Venezuela (incl. Isla Margarita).


Ameiva bifrontata

Red-snouted Ameiva, (Cope's Ameiva)

Rotschnauzen-Ameive

Rřdsnudet Ameiva

1862 Ameiva bifrontata Cope
1879 Cnemidophorus divisus Fischer (Ruthven 1924)
Ameiva bifrontata divisa Ruthven 1924
1924 Ameiva insulana Ruthven (Ruthven 1924)
Ameiva bifrontata insulana Ruthven 1924

Remarks: Previously included concolor.
Introduced to: Aruba.
Distribution: Colombia, Venezuela (incl. Los Frailes, Isla Margarita).


Ameiva concolor

Peruvian Ameiva

Peruvianische Ameive

Peruviansk Ameiva

1924 Ameiva bifrontata concolor Ruthven
Ameiva concolor Harvey, Ugueto & Gutberlet 2012

Distribution: Peru.


Ameiva fuliginosa

Providencia Ameiva

Providencia-Ameive

Providencia-ameiva

1862 Tiaporus fuliginosus Cope
Ameiva ameiva fuliginosa Dunn & Saxe 1950
Ameiva fuliginosa McCranie & Gotte 2015
1921 Ameiva panchlora Barbour (McCranie & Gotte 2015)

Remarks: Revalidated as a separate species by McCranie & Gotte (2015). These authors also confirmed the type locality of fuliginosa to be Islas del Cisne [Honduras], although some had suggested that this might have been based on a locality error (e.g., Schwartz & Henderson 1988). Now extirpated in Islas del Cisne, restricting the species to Providencia (McCranie & Gotte 2015).
Extinct in: Honduras (Islas del Cisne: Isla Grande).
Distribution: Colombia (Providencia).


Ameiva jacuba

Jacuba River Ameiva

Jacuba-Ameive

Jacuba-ameiva

2013 Ameiva jacuba Giugliano, Nogueira, Valdujo, Collevatti & Colli

Distribution: Brazil (Goias, Mato Grosso).


Ameiva nodam

Jaén Ameiva

Jaén-Ameive

Jaén-ameiva

2013 Ameiva nodam Koch, Venegas, Rödder, Flecks & Böhme

Distribution: Peru.


Ameiva pantherina

Panther Ameiva

Panther-Ameive

Panter-ameiva

2011 Ameiva pantherina Ugueto & Harvey

Distribution: Venezuela.


Ameiva parecis

Rondonian Ameiva

Rondonia-Ameive

Rondonia-ameiva

2003 Cnemidophorus parecis Colli, Costa, Garda, Kopp, Mesquita, Peres, Valdujo, Vieira & Wiederhecker
Ameiva parecis Harvey, Ugueto & Gutberlet 2012

Distribution: Brazil (Mato Grosso, Rondonia, Sao Paulo).


Ameiva praesignis

Borriguerro Ameiva

Borriguerro-Ameive

Borriguerro-ameiva

1852 Cnemidophorus praesignis Baird & Girard
Ameiva praesignis Baird & Girard 1852
Ameiva ameiva praesignis Barbour & Noble 1915
1879 Cnemidophorus maculatus Fischer [not Ameiva maculata Gray 1838] (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
Ameiva ameiva maculata Barbour & Noble 1915
1929 Ameiva ameiva vogli Müller (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1940 Ameiva ameiva ornata Müller & Hellmich (Ugueto & Harvey 2011)
1970 Ameiva ameiva fischeri Peters & Donoso-Barros [substitute name for Cnemidophorus maculata Fischer 1879]

Remarks: Previously regarded as a subspecies of ameiva (e.g., Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970).
Introduced to: USA (Florida).
Distribution: Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela.


Ameiva provitaae

Mérida Ameiva

Mérida-Ameive

Mérida-ameiva

1995 Ameiva provitaae Garcia-Perez

Remarks: Status uncertain, possibly a synonym of bifrontata (Rivas, Molina, Ugueto, Barros, Barrio-Amorós & Kok 2012).
Distribution: Venezuela.


Ameiva reticulata

Reticulated Ameiva

Netz-Ameive

Net-ameiva

2015 Ameiva reticulata Landauro, García-Bravo & Venegas

Distribution: Peru.