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Malayan Colugo/Sunda Flying Lemur

Galeopterus variegatus


In spite of its name the Sunda flying lemur is not really a lemur and does not fly. Instead, it glides as it leaps among trees. It is strictly arboreal, is active at night, and feeds on soft plant parts such as young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits. It is a skillful climber, but is helpless when on the ground. Its gliding membrane connects from the neck, extending along the limbs to the tips of the fingers, toes and nails. This kite-shaped skin is known as a patagium, which is expanded for gliding. It can glide over a distance of 100 m with a loss of less than 10 m in elevation. The Sunda flying lemur is protected by national legislation. In addition to deforestation and loss of habitat, local subsistence hunting poses a serious threat to this animal.


Sepilok, Sabah. Seen in Rainforest Discovey Center. It is basically a part of the forest with trails and canopy walks. Animals are in the wilderness.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Thank you for your nice comments, Dr.Namgyal, :-)

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

My favourite's no. 3.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Wow Marta! That's a fantastic spotting and the photography's just exceptional! Congrats in advance!

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Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Sep 22, 2015
Submitted on Nov 22, 2015


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