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In the section titled "Ecology of the prehensile tail", I deleted the following sentence.
In contrast, in less dense forest such as in Southeast Asia it is observed that gliding animals tend to be more common instead, whereas there are few gliding vertebrates in South America.
Afaik birds which glide plenty and are quite plentifull in South America, are vertebrates, making this statement completely wrong. I suspect the statement should say 'mammals' instead of both 'animals' as well as 'vertebrates'. Anyway, I am deleting this sentence for the present. Anyone who knows better is welcome to correct and replace it. --Stagyar 06:16, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
Birds are flying animals which can glide, but not gliding animals i.e animals that are notable for being able to glide but not fly. I have added examples to clarify. Thanks for pointing out that this might not be clear. Nicolharper 13:01, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
My house cat once was in my arms on her back. While there, she wrapped her tail around my arm. I doubt she had any strength in her tail. So she wouldn't have been able to truly grip my arm. But I think, for her, it helped remind her I was still there. Will (Talk - contribs) 05:52, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Truthfully put, tail prehensility is more of a continuum than discrete categorical measure. Most animals with substantial muscular tails will use them for balance or wrap them around objects for stability, so to avoid making the category so broad as to be meaningless, we typically restrict it to species who can generate substantial gripping force with their tails, such as spider monkeys and chameleons. HCA (talk) 13:23, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
I agree that it's a continuum and the division made in the article, animals with "fully" or "partially" prehensile tails is not helpful. Note that some animals appear in both categories. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 14:41, 5 July 2016 (UTC)Eric