Petaurus breviceps papuanus
English : Papuan sugar glider
French : Phalanger volant à queue courte
Class : Mammalia
Order : Diprotodontia
Family : Petauridae
Notes : 3 other subspecies known.
Body length of 21 cm, tail length of 21 cm, weight of 160 g. Long dark tail. Skin folds visible on flanks, used for gliding between trees. Fur color ranges from dark beige to gray with a black band from forehead to lower back. Black eye contour.
Range and habitat
This subspecies occurs in eastern Indonesia from Moluccas and in New Guinea. The species is also found in northern and eastern Australia, and Tasmania. Lives mostly in forests except high-montane areas, up to 3000 meters.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not listed
Status : This species has the largest range of all the gliders and remains globally common although local declines due to habitat loss may occur.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known