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2011-07-28 12:50:53

Gripping tightly to a tree trunk, at first sight a colugo might be mistaken for a lemur. However, when this animal leaps it launches into a graceful glide, spreading wide the enormous membrane that spans its legs and tail to cover distances of up to 150m. So, when Greg Byrnes and his colleague Andrew Spence from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, were looking around for a mammal to carry the accelerometer/radio transmitter backpacks that the duo designed to track animals in the...

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2008-11-12 10:00:00

Colugos (aka flying lemurs) "” the closest living relatives of primates most notable for their ability to glide from tree to tree over considerable distances "” are more diverse than had previously been believed, according to a new report published in the November 11th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. Primates are most familiarly represented by monkeys and apes, the group including humans. Scientists had recognized just two species of these enigmatic mammals,...

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2008-02-07 17:05:00

Southeast Asian colugo could help researchers understand evolution of gliding and flight Berkeley -- The "flying" lemur of Malaysia is the champion of all gliding mammals, able to drop from the forest canopy, glide more than the length of two football fields, execute 90-degree turns and then alight gently on a tree trunk. Researchers in Singapore, the United Kingdom and at the University of California, Berkeley, are discovering how these animals move with the help of a miniature backpack...


Latest Colugo Reference Libraries

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2007-06-25 08:31:32

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...

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2007-01-02 11:16:54

Colugos are arboreal gliding mammals found in South-east Asia. There are just two species each in its own genus, which makes up the entire family Cynocephalidae and order Dermoptera. Though they are the most capable of all mammal gliders, they cannot actually fly. They are also known as cobegos or flying lemurs. Colugos are fairly large for a tree-dwelling mammal. They are about 13.78 to 15.75 in (35 to 40 cm) long and 2.2 to 4.41 lbs (1 or 2 kg) in weight. They are comparable to a...

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