Woolly Flying Squirrel

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Woolly Flying Squirrel
Conservation status: Endangered
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
Genus:Eupetaurus
Species:E. cinereus
Binomial name
Eupetaurus cinereus
Thomas, 1888

The Woolly Flying Squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus) is the sole species placed in the genus Eupetaurus. Until recently scientific knowledge of this rare species was limited to a few skins collected in the late nineteenth century. However, recent research has confirmed that it is still extant in Pakistani Kashmir. It is the longest member of the family Sciuridae and the most massive gliding animal known, but observations confirm that despite its size, it does glide effectively like other flying squirrels.

References

  • Zahler, P. (1996). Rediscovery of the woolly flying squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus). Journal of Mammalogy, 77, 54-57.
  • Zahler, P. (2001). The woolly flying squirrel and gliding: does size matter? Acta Theriologica, 46, 429-435.

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