Woolly Flying Squirrel

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Woolly Flying Squirrel
Temporal range: Recent
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Tribe: Pteromyini
Genus: Eupetaurus
Thomas, 1888
Species: E. cinereus
Binomial name
Eupetaurus cinereus
Thomas, 1888

The Woolly Flying Squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus) is a squirrel. It is the only species of the genus Eupetaurus.

Until recently scientific knowledge of this rare species was limited to 11 skins collected in the late nineteenth century. However, recent research has confirmed that it is still extant in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (P.A.K). It is the longest member of the family Sciuridae and the most massive gliding animal known, but observations confirm that despite its size, it does glide effectively like other flying squirrels.

References[change | change source]

  1. Molur, S. (2008). Eupetaurus cinereus. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 6 January 2009.