Distribution

Both species of feather-tailed possum are doubtless descended from a common ancestor that lived throughout what is now eastern Australia and New Guinea before rising sea levels flooded the Torres Straits. Distoechurus is endemic to New Guinea and Acrobates is found from the extreme northeastern tip of Australia at Cape York all the way down to southernmost Victoria and South Australia. It does not occur on Tasmania.

At 0.4-0.5 oz (10-14 g), the pygmy glider (Acrobates pygmaeus) is the world's smallest glider. (Photo by Zoological Society of San Diego. Reproduced by permission.)

A pygmy glider (Acrobates pygmaeus) on a Banksia flower. (Photo by Pavel German. Reproduced by permission.)

At 0.4-0.5 oz (10-14 g), the pygmy glider (Acrobates pygmaeus) is the world's smallest glider. (Photo by Zoological Society of San Diego. Reproduced by permission.)

A pygmy glider (Acrobates pygmaeus) hunts along a slender branch for insects in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. (Photo by Bruce G. Thomson/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

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