from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See flying lemur.
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- n. An arboreal gliding mammal, of order Dermoptera, native to South-east Asia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A peculiar East Indian mammal (Galleopithecus volans), having along the sides, connecting the fore and hind limbs, a parachutelike membrane, by means of which it is able to make long leaps, like the flying squirrel; -- called also flying lemur.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name for the flying-lemur, Galeopithecus volans. Called also kaguan and kubong.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. arboreal nocturnal mammal of southeast Asia and the Philippines resembling a lemur and having a fold of skin on each side from neck to tail that is used for long gliding leaps
(Eurekalert.) Scientists had recognized just two species of these enigmatic mammals, the Sunda colugo and the Philippine colugo.
The colugo, or so-called ‘flying lemur’, of the south-east Asian forests resembles the flying squirrels and flying phalangers, except that the tail, as well as the arms and legs, is included in the support structure of the flight membrane.
Scientists had recognized just two species of these enigmatic mammals, the Sunda colugo and the Philippine colugo.
"It appears that within smaller geographic areas, for example Java, there are divergent colugo lineages that could prove to be separate species," he added.
However, the new findings show that the Sunda colugo, found only in Indochina and Sundaland, including the large islands of Borneo, Sumatra, and Java, actually represents at least three separate species.
As sea levels, forest communities, and river systems fluctuated in Sundaland over the last 10 million years, Janecka speculates that isolated colugo populations would have undergone greater diversification from one another than other, more mobile mammals.
A Malayan colugo glides between trees with a baby hanging on.
"It appears that within smaller geographic areas, for example Java, there are divergent colugo lineages that could prove to be separate species," said Janecka.
"We were guessing that we might find that there were different species of Sunda colugo-although we were not sure," said Jan Janecka of Texas A and M University.
History of Creation Haeckel saw various lemurs as the root stock from which various groups of placental mammals sprang, rodents arising from creatures like the aye-aye, bats from the colugo (known not to be a lemur today, but considered to belong to that group by Haeckel), and humans from large lemurs like the indri.