Flying lemurs

Flying lemurs

Order : Dermoptera

  Colugo's are also called flying lemurs. Strangely enough, they are not lemurs and can't even fly! There are just two species:

Malayan colugo
Philippine colugo

They are nocturnal, shy creatures that live in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. Colugo's are in a separate order called Dermoptera. Their most distinctive feature is the skin between their limbs which gives the ability to glide between trees. The skin is much like the skin used by bats to fly. They are endangered by the deforestation of the rainforest and are being hunted by the Philippine Eagle, becoming an easier prey with more and more trees gone. To make things worse, they are hunted for their meat and fur by humans. Recent studies show that they are related to Tree shrews and primates. Some researchers believe they are also related to Bats.

Animals in the order Dermoptera

Philippine flying lemur
Malayan flying lemur

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