Censky's ameiva

Censky's ameiva
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Ameiva
Species: A. corax
Censky and Paulson, 1992
Binomial name
Ameiva corax

Censky's ameiva or Little Scrub Island ground lizard (Ameiva corax) is a lizard species in the genus Ameiva. It is endemic to the tiny islet of Little Scrub, off the coast of Scrub Island, Anguilla. The population appears to be thriving, possibly due to its isolation from human activity.

It 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.


  1. Powell, R. & Mayer, G.C. (2010). "Ameiva corax". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999), Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean, Macmillan Education Ltd, p. 54, ISBN 0-333-69141-5 
  • Powell, Robert; Henderson, Robert W. (2005), "Conservation Status of Lesser Antillean Reptiles", Iguana, 12 (2): 63–77 .

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