FACTOID # 9: The bookmobile capital of America is Kentucky.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Flying squirrel
Flying squirrels
Fossil range: Early Oligocene - Recent
Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus)
Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Subfamily: Sciurinae
Tribe: Pteromyini
Brandt, 1855
Genera

Aeretes
Aeromys
Belomys
Biswamoyopterus
Eupetaurus
Glaucomys
Hylopetes
Iomys
Petaurillus
Petaurista
Petinomys
Pteromys
Pteromyscus
Trogopterus
The Oligocene epoch is a geologic period of time that extends from about 34 million to 23 million years before the present. ... Image File history File links Glaucomys_sabrinus. ... Binomial name Glaucomys sabrinus (Shaw, 1801) The Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) is one of two species of the genus Glaucomys, the only flying squirrels found in North America (the other is the somewhat smaller Southern Flying Squirrel, ). Flying squirrels are strictly nocturnal. ... For other uses, see Scientific classification (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicates Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... Typical classes Petromyzontidae (lampreys) Placodermi - extinct Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish) Acanthodii - extinct Actinopterygii (ray-finned fish) Actinistia (coelacanths) Dipnoi (lungfish) Amphibia (amphibians) Reptilia (reptiles) Aves (birds) Mammalia (mammals) Vertebrata is a subphylum of chordates, specifically, those with backbones or spinal columns. ... Subclasses & Infraclasses Subclass †Allotheria* Subclass Prototheria Subclass Theria Infraclass †Trituberculata Infraclass Metatheria Infraclass Eutheria Mammals (class Mammalia) are warm-blooded, vertebrate animals characterized by the presence of sweat glands, including those that produce milk, and by the presence of: hair, three middle ear bones used in hearing, and a neocortex... Suborders Sciuromorpha Castorimorpha Myomorpha Anomaluromorpha Hystricomorpha Rodentia is an order of mammals also known as rodents, characterised by two continuously-growing incisors in the upper and lower jaws which must be kept short by gnawing. ... Genera Many: see text. ... Genera Many: see text. ... Johann Friedrich von Brandt (May 25, 1802 - July 15, 1879) was a German naturalist. ... For other uses, see Genus (disambiguation). ... Binomial name (Milne-Edwards, 1867) The Groove-toothed Flying Squirrel or North Chinese Flying Squirrel (Aeretes melanopterus) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Species Aeromys tephromelas Aeromys thomasi Large Black Flying Squirrels (genus Aeromys) form a taxon of squirrels under the subfamily Pteromyinae. ... Binomial name Belomys pearsoni Gray, 1842 The Hairy-footed Flying Squirrel (Belomys pearsoni) is a flying squirrel found in the mountains of the eastern Himalaya, Southeast Asia, southern China till the island of Taiwan. ... Binomial name Biswamoyopterus biswasi (Saha, 1981) The Namdapha Flying Squirrel (Biswamoyopterus biswasi) is the sole species placed in the genus Biswamoyopterus. ... Binomial name Eupetaurus cinereus The Woolly Flying Squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus) is the sole species placed in the genus Eupetaurus. ... Species Glaucomys volans Glaucomys sabrinus The two species of New World flying squirrels, genus Glaucomys, are the only species of flying squirrel found in North America. ... Species Hylopetes is a genus of flying squirrels. ... Iomys is a genus of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Species Pygmy flying squirrels (Petaurillus) are a genus of flying squirrels. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Petinomys is a genus of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Species Pteromys volans Pteromys momonga Commonly referred to as simply the Old World flying squirrels, the genus Pteromys is distributed across temperate Eurasia and Japan. ... Binomial name (Günther, 1873) The Smoky Flying Squirrel (Pteromyscus pulverulentus) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Binomial name Trogopterus xanthipes Milne-Edwards, 1876 The Complex-toothed Flying Squirrel (Trogopterus xanthipes) is a flying squirrel found in the southern Chinese provinces Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan. ...

The flying squirrels, scientifically known as Pteromyini or Petauristini, are a tribe of squirrel (family Sciuridae). There are 43 species in this tribe, the largest of which is the woolly flying squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus). The 2 species of the genus Glaucomys (Glaucomys sabrinus and Glaucomys volans) are native to North America, and the Siberian flying squirrel is native to parts of northern Europe (Pteromys volans). In biology, a tribe is a taxonomic classification in between family and genus. ... This article is about the animal. ... The hierarchy of scientific classification In biological classification, family (Latin: familia, plural familiae) is a rank, or a taxon in that rank. ... Genera Many: see text. ... For other uses, see Species (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Eupetaurus cinereus Thomas, 1888 The Woolly Flying Squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus) is the sole species placed in the genus Eupetaurus. ... Species Glaucomys volans Glaucomys sabrinus The two species of New World flying squirrels, genus Glaucomys, are the only species of flying squirrel found in North America. ... Binomial name Glaucomys sabrinus (Shaw, 1801) The Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) is one of two species of the genus Glaucomys, the only flying squirrels found in North America (the other is the somewhat smaller Southern Flying Squirrel, ). Flying squirrels are strictly nocturnal. ... Binomial name Glaucomys volans Linnaeus, 1758 The Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) is one of two species of the genus Glaucomys, the only flying squirrels found in North America (the other is the somewhat larger Northern Flying Squirrel, ). It is found in deciduous and mixed woods in eastern North America... Binomial name Pteromys volans (Linnaeus, 1758) The Siberian Flying Squirrel (Pteromys volans) is an Old World flying squirrel with a range from western Finland and the Baltic states to the Pacific coast. ...


The term "flying" is somewhat misleading, since flying squirrels are actually gliders incapable of true flight. Steering is accomplished by adjusting tautness of the patagium, largely controlled by a small cartilaginous wrist bone. The tail acts as a stabilizer in flight, much like the tail of a kite, and as an adjunct airfoil when "braking" prior to landing on a tree trunk. In bats, the skin forming the surface of the wing. ... Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival held on the fourth Sunday every May in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan Kite flying is the activity of flying tethered man-made objects in wind. ... For the kite, see foil kite. ...


Though their lifespan is only about six years in the wild, flying squirrels often live between 10 and 15 years in captivity. This difference in lifespan is due to these creatures being important prey animals. Predation mortality rates in sub-adults are very high. Predators include arboreal snakes, raccoons, nocturnal owls, martens, fishers, coyotes, and the domestic house cat. In the Pacific Northwest of North America, the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) is a well-known predator. They are also nocturnal. Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1758) Common Raccoon native range in red, feral range in blue. ... For other uses, see Owl (disambiguation). ... Species Martes americana Martes flavigula Martes foina Martes gwatkinsii Martes martes Martes melampus Martes pennanti Martes zibellina For the Wiltshire village see Marten, Wiltshire. ... Binomial name (Erxleben, 1777) The fisher is a North American marten, a medium sized mustelid. ... For other uses, see Coyote (disambiguation). ... Trinomial name Strix occidentalis caurina The Northern Spotted Owl, Strix occidentalis caurina, is one of three Spotted Owl subspecies. ...


Southern flying squirrels have been kept as pets since the US colonial era. Binomial name Glaucomys volans (Linnaeus, 1758) The Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) is one of two species of the genus Glaucomys, the only flying squirrels found in North America (the other is the somewhat larger Northern flying squirrel, ). It is found in deciduous and mixed woods in the eastern half...

A captive Southern flying squirrel eating a nut. Note the exceptionally long whiskers common in nocturnal mammals.

Contents

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 542 pixelsFull resolution (2173 × 1473 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 542 pixelsFull resolution (2173 × 1473 pixel, file size: 2. ...

Genera

A Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in flight.
A Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in flight.

Image File history File links Jill_Flying_1. ... Image File history File links Jill_Flying_1. ... Binomial name (Milne-Edwards, 1867) The Groove-toothed Flying Squirrel or North Chinese Flying Squirrel (Aeretes melanopterus) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Binomial name (Milne-Edwards, 1867) The Groove-toothed Flying Squirrel or North Chinese Flying Squirrel (Aeretes melanopterus) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Species Aeromys tephromelas Aeromys thomasi Large Black Flying Squirrels (genus Aeromys) form a taxon of squirrels under the subfamily Pteromyinae. ... Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is located at the centre of Maritime Southeast Asia. ... Binomial name Belomys pearsoni Gray, 1842 The Hairy-footed Flying Squirrel (Belomys pearsoni) is a flying squirrel found in the mountains of the eastern Himalaya, Southeast Asia, southern China till the island of Taiwan. ... Binomial name Belomys pearsoni Gray, 1842 The Hairy-footed Flying Squirrel (Belomys pearsoni) is a flying squirrel found in the mountains of the eastern Himalaya, Southeast Asia, southern China till the island of Taiwan. ... Binomial name Biswamoyopterus biswasi (Saha, 1981) The Namdapha Flying Squirrel (Biswamoyopterus biswasi) is the sole species placed in the genus Biswamoyopterus. ... Binomial name Biswamoyopterus biswasi (Saha, 1981) The Namdapha Flying Squirrel (Biswamoyopterus biswasi) is the sole species placed in the genus Biswamoyopterus. ... Binomial name Eupetaurus cinereus The Woolly Flying Squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus) is the sole species placed in the genus Eupetaurus. ... Binomial name Eupetaurus cinereus Thomas, 1888 The Woolly Flying Squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus) is the sole species placed in the genus Eupetaurus. ... Kashmir (or Cashmere) may refer to: Kashmir region, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent India, Kashmir conflict, the territorial dispute between India, Pakistan, and the China over the Kashmir region. ... Species Glaucomys volans Glaucomys sabrinus The two species of New World flying squirrels, genus Glaucomys, are the only species of flying squirrel found in North America. ... Binomial name Glaucomys sabrinus (Shaw, 1801) The Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) is one of two species of the genus Glaucomys, the only flying squirrels found in North America (the other is the somewhat smaller Southern Flying Squirrel, ). Flying squirrels are strictly nocturnal. ... Binomial name Glaucomys volans (Linnaeus, 1758) The Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) is one of two species of the genus Glaucomys, the only flying squirrels found in North America (the other is the somewhat larger Northern flying squirrel, ). It is found in deciduous and mixed woods in the eastern half... Species Hylopetes is a genus of flying squirrels. ... Iomys is a genus of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Species Pygmy flying squirrels (Petaurillus) are a genus of flying squirrels. ... Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is located at the centre of Maritime Southeast Asia. ... Map of Peninsular Malaysia Peninsular Malaysia (Malay: Semenanjung Malaysia) is the part of Malaysia which lies on the Malay Peninsula, and shares a land border with Thailand in the north. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Binomial name Petaurista leucogenys Temminck, 1844 The Japanese Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista leucogenys, Japanese: ムササビ: musasabi) is a type of flying squirrel. ... Binomial name Petaurista petaurista (Pallas, 1766) The red giant flying squirrel (Petaurista petaurista) is a species of flying squirrel, which ranges from the eastern regions of Afghanistan to Java, and from Kashmir, Taiwan, and parts of southern China to Sri Lanka. ... Binomial name (Müller, 1840) The Spotted Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista elegans) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Petinomys is a genus of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Species Pteromys volans Pteromys momonga Commonly referred to as simply the Old World flying squirrels, the genus Pteromys is distributed across temperate Eurasia and Japan. ... Binomial name Pteromys momonga Temminck, 1844 The Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel (Pteromys momonga, Japanese: ムササビ musasabi) is a type of flying squirrel. ... Binomial name (Günther, 1873) The Smoky Flying Squirrel (Pteromyscus pulverulentus) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Binomial name (Günther, 1873) The Smoky Flying Squirrel (Pteromyscus pulverulentus) is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. ... Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is located at the centre of Maritime Southeast Asia. ... Binomial name Trogopterus xanthipes Milne-Edwards, 1876 The Complex-toothed Flying Squirrel (Trogopterus xanthipes) is a flying squirrel found in the southern Chinese provinces Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan. ... Binomial name Trogopterus xanthipes Milne-Edwards, 1876 The Complex-toothed Flying Squirrel (Trogopterus xanthipes) is a flying squirrel found in the southern Chinese provinces Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan. ...

Popular culture reference

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rocket J. Squirrel, usually called by the nickname Rocky, is the name of the flying squirrel sidekick of the cartoon moose Bullwinkle in the early 1960s animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, produced by Jay Ward. ... SegaSonic the Hedgehog, known by various names including Sonic Arcade, Sonic the Arcade and SEGASONIC Arcade was officially released into the Japanese arcades in June 1993. ... The Sonic the Hedgehog universes and continuities have dozens of minor characters, many of whom are anthropomorphic animals. ... Happy Tree Friends is a Flash cartoon series by Mondo Mini Shows, created by Kenn Navarro, Aubrey Ankrum and Rhode Montijo. ... Splendid is a fictional character in the cartoon series Happy Tree Friends. ... Original run May 20, 2004 – March 19, 2005 No. ... Binomial name Pteromys momonga Temminck, 1844 The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys momonga, Japanese: モモンガ: momonga) is a type of flying squirrel. ... This is a list of known characters in the anime and manga series Samurai Champloo. ... This article is about the television series. ... Decoder Ring Theatre is a Toronto based Theatre and Audio Production company that runs an award-nominated weekly podcast of the same name. ... For other uses, see Sidekick (disambiguation). ...

See also

The following are sometimes confused with flying squirrels:

Similarities between them result from convergent evolution. Species  Cynocephalus varigatus  Cynocephalus volans Colugos are arboreal gliding mammals found in South-east Asia. ... Genera Dactylopsila Gymnobelideus Petaurus The family Petauridae includes 11 medium-sized possum species: four striped possums, the six species wrist-winged gliders in genus Petaurus, and Leadbeaters Possum which has only vestigal gliding membranes. ... Genera Anomalurus, Idiurus, Zenkerella The Anomaluridae or scaly-tailed flying squirrels are a family of rodents found in central Africa. ... Binomial name Waterhouse, 1839 The Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps) is a small gliding possum native to eastern and northern mainland Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarck Archipelago, and introduced to Tasmania. ... In evolutionary biology, convergent evolution is the process whereby organisms not closely related, independently evolve similar traits as a result of having to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches. ...


For a general overview of all flying and gliding mammals see:

A number of animals have evolved aerial locomotion, either by powered flight or by gliding. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission - Wildlife Species Guide - Flying Squirrel (2222 words)
The southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) is found throughout the deciduous forests of eastern North America from southern Ontario to the Gulf Coast, with isolated populations in Mexico and as far south as Honduras.
The southern flying squirrel is easily distinguished from other Nebraska tree squirrels by its smaller size and by its gliding membrane, or patagium, a fold of skin that extends from the wrist of the front leg to the ankle of the hind leg.
Flying squirrels inhabit a primary nest cavity that is used more or less continuously and one or more secondary nest cavities used as feeding stations or as a refuge if the primary nest is disturbed.
Sumatran Flying Squirrel (545 words)
Flying squirrels don’t “fly” in the traditional sense, rather they have membranes that run along their sides, attached to the wrists and ankles.
One species of flying squirrel is very fond of spiders, crickets, and locusts, and a squirrel in captivity caught, killed, and consumed a small snake that was placed in its cage.
Arrow-tailed flying squirrels don’t seem to have a specific breeding season, but there does appear to be a triggering event as the females in a particular area tend to be pregnant at the same time.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m