Feathertail Glider

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Feathertail Glider[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Suborder: Phalangerida
Family: Acrobatidae
Genus: Acrobates
Desmarest, 1818
Species: A. pygmaeus
Binomial name
Acrobates pygmaeus
(Shaw, 1793)

The Feathertail Glider (Acrobates pygmaeus), also known as the Pygmy Gliding Possum, Pygmy Glider, Pygmy Phalanger and Flying Mouse,[3] is the world's smallest gliding mammal, and is named for its long feather-shaped tail. Although only the size of a very small mouse (65 to 80 mm and 10 to 14 g), it can leap and glide long distances from tree to tree, up to 25 metres. Like other gliding mammals, the Feathertail Glider has a skin membrane between the fore and hind legs; thicker than that of the other marsupials like the Sugar Glider, but smaller in proportion, extending only between the elbows and knees.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 56. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.
  2. Australasian Marsupial & Monotreme Specialist Group (1996). Acrobates pygmaeus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006.
  3. "The Feathertail Glider". http://www.australianstamp.com/Coin-web/feature/nature/feather.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-16.