Examples of flying mammals
– Gliding Marsupials
Pseudocheiridae, highlighting the greater glider ( Petauroides volans ) that not only glides but also has a weakly prehensile tail, that is, its tail is adapted to hold onto trees or grab objects or fruits.
Acrobatidae, which has the smallest mouse-sized glider: the Feather-Tailed Glider ( Acrobates pygmaeus ), which is the only marsupial to have a tail with flattened stiff hairs arranged like a feather to help direct its flight.
Petauridae. For example, the sugar glider ( Petaurus breviceps ) also known as the sugar glider or sugar glider , is a small animal whose tail is about the same length as its body. It is characterized by preferring the consumption of sugary foods.
– Flying squirrels
– Flying fox or lemur of the Philippines
It is a species of the order of the colugos. It is a mammal, native to the Philippines. His body can measure from 77 to 95 centimeters. It has a membrane known as a patagio, which connects the extremities on each side and the tail.
In addition to this structure, your fingers are united thanks to an interdigital membrane. In this way, the glide surface is increased. When the Philippine Flying Lemur darts off a branch, it spreads its legs apart. Thus, the membrane spreads out, acting like a parachute.
– The oldest flying mammal
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