Vordermann’s Flying Squirrel Petinomys vordermanni

Vordermann's Flying Squirrel Petinomys vordermanni

Vordermann’s Flying Squirrel Petinomys vordermanni


Malaysia, Brunei, Borneo

The Vordermann’s Flying Squirrel is a spectacular gliding mammal that’s #vulnerable on @IUCNredlist due to #palmoil #deforestation in #Malaysia and #Borneo. Support them in the supermarket with a #Boycott4Wildlife

The world’s gliding mammals are an extraordinary group of animals that have the ability to glide from tree to tree with seemingly effortless grace. There are more than 60 species of gliding mammals including the flying squirrels from Europe and North America, the scaly-tailed flying squirrels from central Africa and the gliding possums of Australia and New Guinea.

The Vordermann’s Flying Squirrel is arboreal and nocturnal and they likely prefer lowland rainforest. This species occurs in partially cut primary forest, secondary forest, forests bordering swamps and is common near more disturbed replanted areas on the Malay Peninsula (Thorington et al. 2012). Nest holes for this species have been recorded 0.3-6.0 metres above the ground on the Malay Peninsula (Jackson 2012). There is a lack of information on the behaviour and population ecology of this species (Thorington et al. 2012). Vordermann’s Flying Squirrel is a known host for the ancanthocephalan Moniliformis moniliformis (Thorington et al. 2012). This species is assessed as Vulnerable due to a suspected population decline of more than 30% over three generations in the past and future, based on the extensive and rapid habitat loss in the majority of their range.

This squirrel is threatened by forest loss due to logging and agricultural conversion.

IUCN Red list

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Further Information

IUCN Rating vulnerable

Clayton, E. 2016. Petinomys vordermanni (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T16740A115139026. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T16740A22241246.en. Downloaded on 04 February 2021.

Gliding Mammals of the world

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