The world’s gliding mammals are an extraordinary group of animals that have the ability to glide from tree to tree with seemingly effortless grace. There are more than 60 species of gliding mammals including the flying squirrels from Europe and North America, the scaly-tailed flying squirrels from central Africa and the gliding possums of Australia and New Guinea.
Family: Sciuridae, Pteromyini
Description: A large species whose entire underside is white with a faint orange-rufous tint on the patagium.
Like Aeretes and Aeromys, it has a cylindrical tail and well-developed interfemoral membranes, but also has ear tufts like those found in Belomys and Trogopterus. These two genera do not have any interfemoral membrane and their tail is not cylindrical but distichous.
Distribution: This species is known only from the type locality Deban, east of Miao, Namdapha, Tirap Districts in Arunachal Pradesh, in north-east India. It appears to be restricted to the temperate broad-leaved forests of the eastern Himalayan region.
Reproduction: Nothing is known.
Diet: Nothing is known.
Ecology: Nothing is known.
Status: Critically Endangered.
|HB||c. 405 mm|
|TL||c. 605 mm|
|HF||c. 78 mm|
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Iomys sipora Mentawai
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Complex-toothed Flying Squirrel