Pygmy glider

Acrobates pygmaeus

TAXONOMY

Acrobates pygmaeus (Shaw, 1793), Sydney, Australia. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Feathertail glider, pygmy gliding possum, pygmy phalanger, flying mouse; French: L'acrobat pygmée; German: Zwerggleitbeutler; Spanish: Acróbata pigmeo.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 2.5-3 in (6.5-8 cm); tail 2.5-3 in (6.5-8 cm) long; soft gray fur, white on underside, dark eyerings and variable body markings; loose skin along flanks forms gliding membrane when limbs are spread wide.

DISTRIBUTION

Eastern Australia.

HABITAT

Eucalyptus forest and woodland.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal, arboreal, highly social, glides between trees.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET Insects and nectar.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Probably polygynous. Litters of three to four young born at any time of year; spend 65 days in the pouch, then suckled in the nest for another month.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened, and presumed secure.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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