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colugo

(kəlo͞o`gō): see flying lemurflying lemur,
gliding mammal native to the tropical lowland forests of S Asia, Malaya, and the Philippines. Also called the colugo, the flying lemur is brownish or grayish above and paler below. It ranges in length from 14 to 17 in. (36–43 cm), plus a 12-in. (30-cm) tail.
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Genetic data from colugos preserved in museums also show that the animals are more diverse than suspected.
The study focused on the Malayan colugo, an animal the size of a cat commonly called a flying lemur - even though it is not a true lemur, nor does it technically fly.
Colugo DNA changed later, making these little gliders our closest cousins outside of the primate family.
"It's a colugo or flying lemur, although this is something of a misnomer since it doesn't actually fly and it certainly isn't a lemur" - the Mighty Attenborough (Planet Earth)