Indian giant flying squirrel

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Indian Giant Flying Squirrel
Indian giant flying squirrel.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Petaurista
Species: P. philippensis
Binomial name
Petaurista philippensis
(Elliot, 1839)

The Indian giant flying squirrel (Petaurista philippensis, Gujarati: ઉડતી ખિસકોલી, මහ හම්බාවා in Sinhala), alternatively referred to as the large brown flying squirrel or the common giant flying squirrel, is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. It is found in China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Head and body length is usually 43cm. Tail is 50cm in male and 52cm in female.

Black to gray brown in color and appears grizzled. A membrane in front of forelimb and hindlimb is developed for gliding through trees. Wing membrane is paler gray beneath. Tail hairy and blackish to gray brown. Feet is black.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walston, J., Duckworth, J. W. & Molur, S. (2008). Petaurista philippensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
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  • Nandini, R. & Parthasarathy, N. (2008). Food habits of the Indian Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista philippensis) in rain forest fragment, Western Ghats. J. Mammal. 89(6): 1550-1556. http://glidingsquirrel.in/RNandini/Publications_files/nandini_parthasarathy_2008.pdf
  • Koli, VK., Bhatnagar C & Sharma, S.K. (2013). Distribution and status of Indian Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista philippensis Elliot) in Rajasthan, India. Natl. Acad. Sci. Lett. 36(1): 27-33. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40009-012-0105-z
  • Koli, VK., Bhatnagar C & Sharma S.K. (2013). Food habits of Indian Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista philippensis Elliot) in tropical deciduous forest, Rajasthan, India. Mammal Study. 38(4): 251-259. http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.3106/041.038.0409
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