Yellow-bellied glider

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Yellow-bellied glider [1]
Petaurus australis.jpg
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Petaurus australis
Shaw, 1791
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Distribution of the yellow-bellied glider

The yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis) is an arboreal and nocturnal gliding possum.[3][4][5] It lives in the native eucalypt forests right down eastern Australia, from northern Queensland to Victoria.[6]

Habitat[change | change source]

The yellow-bellied glider lives in forests and woodlands in eastern Australia and is found at a range of altitudes from sea level to 1400 metres.[7][8]

In North Queensland, the sub-species lives at over 700 m above sea level.[9] There are 13 different populations in three places where this glider lives in North Queensland. One population lives on Mount Windsor Tableland, another on Mount Carbine Tableland, and the third lives in a linear habitat from Atherton to Kirrama on the Atherton Tableland. These three populations together have about 6000 individual gliders.[9] With their habitat in danger, the yellow-bellied glider is classified as uncommon to rare and is named vulnerable to the tropics. This species is more widespread in southern Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

The yellow-bellied glider is gregarious and spends the day in a leaf-lined tree hole, which is usually shared with other members of the same family. It is also one of the most vocal possum gliders. It has a distinctive growling call that it uses as means of communication.[10] A recording of the distinctive call can be heard at [3]

It eats nectar, honeydew, insects, pollen and a wide spread of tree sap.

References[change | change 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. 54–55. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  2. Menkhorst P. et al. (2008). australis/0 "'" Check |url= value (help). IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Explicit use of et al. in: |authors= (help)CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
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  4. "Yellow-bellied glider - Petaurus australis facts". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  5. Gliding Possums – Environment, New South Wales Government
  6. Ross Secord. "ADW: Petaurus australis: INFORMATION". Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  7. Kavanagh R.P. & Stanton M.A. 1998. Nocturnal forest birds and arboreal marsupials of the southwestern slopes, New South Wales. Australian Zoologist 30, 449-466
  8. "Distribution of nocturnal forest birds and mammals in relation to the logging mosaic in south-eastern New South Wales, Australia". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 [2]