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.
Description: A medium-sized squirrel with blackish or dark grey-brown upper parts, with rust-coloured, buff or yellow tips, especially in the midline. The underparts of its body are white on grey under-fur, with a faint orange tinge. Its gliding membrane has a thin white margin.
Its tail is dark, slightly orange-brown with buff under-fur, with a distinctly orange or chestnut colouring at the base. Its cheeks are orange-brown or grey. The Grey-cheeked Flying Squirrel is somewhat smaller and has only traces of a yellowish tinge on the cheeks and base of tail. Vordermann’s Flying Squirrel has a buff margin to the gliding membrane.
Distribution: Occurs from south-eastern Burma, western and southern Thailand to southern-most Malay Peninsula and Singapore; south-eastern Vietnam and small islands including Con Son Island (Vietnam), Terutau Island (Straits of Malacca, Thailand), and Kundur Island (Riau Islands), Bangka Island and Bunguran Island in Indonesia.
A subspecies in northern Borneo occurs in tall and secondary forests. On the Malay Peninsula it is one of the more common small squirrels in the forested regions of the lowlands and foothills of Selangor and Negri Sembilan.
Reproduction: Nothing is known.
Diet: Nothing is known.
Ecology: Little is known about this species. It nests in tree holes, about 32 millimetres wide and
Status: Least Concern.
Hylopetes spadiceus spadiceus — South-eastern Burma, western and southern Thailand, western Cambodia to southern-most Malay Peninsula and Singapore; south-eastern Vietnam and small islands including Con Son Island (Vietnam), Terutau Island (Straits of Malacca, Thailand), and Kundur Island (Riau Islands), Bangka Island and Bunguran Island in Indonesia.
Hylopetes spadiceus everetti — Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak in northern Borneo. Also occurs on Bunguran Island, Natuna Islands.
Hylopetes spadiceus sumatrae — Sumatra.