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|Colugo/ Flying Lemur|
Order : DERMOPTERA
Family : Cynocephalidae
Species : Cynocephalus variegatus
Head-Body Length : 34-38cm
Tail Length : 24-25cm
Weight : 0.9-1.3 kg
Colugos are mammals from an ancient lineage, with just two species comprising the Order Dermoptera. Confusingly they are also called 'Flying Lemurs', though they are not closely related to the Lemurs of Madagascar. They can glide long distances, however, as they possess a thin membrane stretched to the ends of the tail and each limb.
Generally they are mottled grey or green-grey in colour, with dark banding, but some specimens are reddish. Their diet includes leaves and young shoots. During the day they rest high in the trees, clinging to trunks or hiding in tree holes. At dusk they become active, gliding from trunk to trunk like sheets of paper blown on the wind. The young are carried clinging to the flight membrane.
Colugos range from Burma, Indochina and Southern Thailand to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java. They also occur throughout Borneo. A second Colugo species inhabits the southern Philippines.
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What an impressive animal. Very interesting post with nice details of the maternal cares of this Cynocephalidae. The colours and the composition are excellent. Well done! Best regards,
wow you're surprised me with new sp. that I never saw or heard about.
a very interesting and fascinating animal. You made a very good shot of it. Great with the little one glancing from underneath! Colours are so beautiful.
I have seen flying squirrels but never that animal. Well done.
This is really awesome Ang! I love this one. colugo is my email name and this is something I would love to photograph in the near future. Super capture! :)