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 medium-sized glider which is uniformly smoky brownish-black above and below. It is readily distinguished from all other flying squirrels except the Black Flying Squirrel.
Its fur is soft and thick and mainly composed of the woolly under-fur. It has warts bearing three or four stiffish bristles on each side of its cheeks, just below the eye. Its tail is broad, oval in cross-section and only indistinctly distichous.
Distribution: Occurs on the islands of Sipura and Northern Pagai Island, Mentawai Islands (west of Sumatra) Indonesia.
Reproduction: Nothing is known.
Diet: Nothing is known.
Ecology: Nothing is known.
Note: This species was formerly included as a subspecies of Hagen’s Flying Squirrel.
|M||c. 433 g|
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