Petaurus


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Petaurus

 

(lesser gliding possum), a genus of mammals of the family Phalangeridae. The body measures 12–32 cm in length, and the tail 15–48 cm. Gliding membranes extend along the sides of the body between the front and hind limbs. The animals can glide as much as 55 m. There are three species, which are distributed in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea and on some nearby islands. Individuals of two other related genera of Phalangeridae, Acrobates and Schoinobates, each with a single species, are also referred to as gliding possums.

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Menkhorst PW, Weavers BW, and Alexander JSA (1998) Distribution, habitat and conservation status of the Squirrel Glider Petaurus Norfolcensis (Petauridae, Marsupialia) in Victoria.
Suckling GC (1984) Population ecology of the sugar glider Petaurus breviceps, in a system of fragmented habitats.
Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps and Brushtailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa (hereafter Phascogale), are the main users of these boxes, but other species such as the Squirrel Glider Petaurus norfolcensis, Yellow-footed Antechinus Antechinus flavipes, Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula and Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus have been recorded also (Myers and Dashper 1999).
This difficulty of cross-cultural communication is nicely illustrated by the incorrect use of the Victorian Aboriginal name Tuan for Phascogale tapoatafa instead of Acrobates pygmaeus or Petaurus breviceps (Conole 1987, Hercus 1988, Scarlett 1988).