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 dark-coloured flying squirrel which is different from any other member of the genus. Its tail is slightly distichous. Its cheeks, upper surface and tail are brownish-black, with the base of the pelage slate-grey.
The outer sides of its limbs and body and the gliding membranes are grizzled with buff. Its underparts are a light slate-grey, and the hairs of all parts, except the throat, are tipped white or very pale buff, producing a silvered or frosted appearance.
Distribution: Occurs on Sipura Island and northern Pagai Island in the Mentawai Islands, west of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Reproduction: Nothing is known.
Diet: Nothing is known.
Ecology: Nothing is known.
Note: This species was previously considered as a subspecies of the Javanese Flying Squirrel but has more recently been recognised as a distinct species.