Northern glider

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Northern glider[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Petauridae
Genus: Petaurus
Species: P. abidi
Binomial name
Petaurus abidi
Ziegler, 1981
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Northern glider range

The northern glider (Petaurus abidi) is a species of marsupial in the Petauridae family. It is endemic to Papua New Guinea. This species has been found in primary, mid-montane tropical moist forests. It is also known from rural gardens close to forest. The northern glider is Critically Endangered because its occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are located within a single area, and a continuing decline of its habitat quality due to deforestation and human encroachment. They also face a major threat from hunting.[2]

Appearance[edit]

The northern glider ranges in weight of 228-332 grams. Its silky-like fur is gray on the top half, paler on the bottom regions, and includes the characteristic dark dorsal stripe of the Petauridae family that typically begins from the head extending to the base of tail. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 45. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b Leary, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Bonaccorso, F., Salas, L., Dickman, C. & Helgen, K. (2008). Petaurus abidi. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as critically endangered
  3. ^ Nowak, Ronald M. "Lesser Gliding Possums." Walker's Mammals of the World. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1999. 139-40. ISBN 0-8018-5789-9