Travancore flying squirrel

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Travancore flying squirrel
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Petinomys
Species: P. fuscocapillus
Binomial name
Petinomys fuscocapillus
(Jerdon, 1847)

Travancore flying squirrel (Petinomys fuscocapillus), also known as the small flying squirrel, is a flying squirrel found in South India and Sri Lanka. Travancore flying squirrels were thought to be extinct but were rediscovered in 1989 after a gap of 100 years along the Western Ghats in Kerala. It was rediscovered in Sri Lanka after 78 years in the Knuckles Mountain Range. The animals were reported only in wet and intermediate zones of the island, and had a few sightings in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Before these discoveries, distribution of the species was only known through a few possible occurrences and museum specimens which were collected nearly one hundred years before.


Head and body length is 32cm. Tail is 25-29cm. Dorsally reddish brown. Underparts grayish with a ruddy tinge. Tail is feather-shaped and reddish brown with a blackish undersurface. Membrane behind hind limb is small.


  1. ^ Rajamani, N., Molur, S. & Nameer, P. O. (2008). Petinomys fuscocapillus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 6 January 2009.