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Sunda Flying Lemur (Malayan Flying Lemur)

The Sunda Flying Lemur, Galeopterus variegatus, also known as the Malayan Flying Lemur, is a species of Colugo. It is one of only two species of flying lemur, the other being the Philippine Flying Lemur which is found only in the Philippines. The Sunda flying lemur is found throughout Southeast Asia in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The Malayan Flying Lemur is in fact not a lemur and does not really fly. Instead, it glides as it leaps among trees. It is arboreal and mainly nocturnal. It feeds on soft plant parts such as young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits. After a 60-day gestation period, a single offspring is carried on the mother’s abdomen held by a large skin membrane.

Photo by Nina Holopainen

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