Petaurista


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Petaurista

 

(giant flying squirrel), a genus of rodents of the family Sciuridae. The body measures up to 60 cm in length; the tail is generally somewhat longer. Coloration of the back varies from pale yellow-gray to black, while the undersurface is grayish; some species have white patches on the snout. The genus consists of four or five species, which inhabit the tropical and, more often, mountain forests of Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and many islands of the Malay Archipelago. The animals are nocturnal. They are capable of gliding as much as 60 m, and some data indicate that when using ascending air currents they can glide several kilometers. There is one young, rarely two, in a litter. The flesh is edible.

In Russian, the greater gliding possum (Schoinobates volans) of the family Phalangeridae is sometimes referred to as a giant flying squirrel.

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xviii; Petaurista petaurista nigra Wang, 1981, New Mammals from the Gaoligong Mountains (1), Acta Theriologica Sinica, Vol.
See Table IV for external and skull of type specimens of Petaurista albiventer muzongensis subsp.
Measurements (mm) of external and skull of type specimens of Petaurista albiventer muzongensis Li and Feng, subsp.
Measurements (mm) of external and skull variable measurements (mm) of Petaurista albiventer subspecies.
A preliminary study on molecular phylogeny of giant flying squirrels, genus Petaurista (Rodentia, Sciuridae) based on mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequences.
Although we recorded the majority of gliding aspects to determine the gliding ability of P petaurista, other aspects like wing load, body weight, habitat composition, forest structure, distribution of food resources, anthropogenic factors, climatic factors, etc.
Gliding behaviour of Indian giant flying squirrel Petaurista philippensis Elliot.
The climbing and gliding locomotion of the giant red flying squirrel Petaurista petaurista (Sciuridae).
Mean and range of various gliding aspects of P petaurista at NNP.