Feeding ecology and diet

The large anomalures gnaw bark and small branches from more than a dozen types of tree. They may also eat gum and insects. The smaller ones (flying mice) are believed to eat insects and gum almost exclusively. Bark is a low-nutrient food source. To compensate, anomalures have long guts, allowing the extraction of the maximum nutrients. These comprise half the weight and much of the body volume of an adult anom-alure. Gut contents regularly exceed 12% of body weight. In order that they may still glide effectively, the anomalure skeleton is very lightweight.

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