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Acrobatidae - Feathertail Gliders

feathertail glider

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Mammalia
 Order: Diprotodontia
 Family: Acrobatidae

Feathertail GliderThere are two species of small marsupials in this family, the feathertail glider and the feathertail possum.

The feathertail glider is found in the forests and woodlands of eastern Australia. It is mouse-sized and has a feather-like tail. It is brown or brownish-gray on its uppersides and white on its undersides. It has a thin membrane of skin that runs from its front paws to its back paws that helps it glide from tree to tree. It uses its tail to help it steer. It spends the day sleeping in a hollow in a tree. It uses its long tongue to eat nectar, pollen, and insects.

The feathertail possum is found in New Guinea. It is also mouse-like, but it does not have a thin membrane like the feathertail glider. It does have a feather-like tail and also eats nectar, pollen, and insects. It is gray and has a white face with black stripes running vertically over its eyes.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
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New Hampshire Species

 

North/Central American Species

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Species Around the World

Feathertail Glider - Acrobates pygmaeus Least Concern Australia image More Info
  Feather-tailed Possum - Distoechurus pennatus Least Concern Asia image More Info

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Feathertail Glider - Acrobates pygmaeus profile Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The feathertail glider is found in eastern Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle/High School Teacher Section: Yes

Feathertail Glider - Acrobates pygmaeus profile Photos Least Concern Australia
Feathertail gliders eat nectar and pollen.
Source:
Philadelphia Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Feathertail Glider - Acrobates pygmaeus profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The feathertail glider uses its long, prehensile tail to steer and brake as it glides the trees.
Source:
WIRES Northern Rivers Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No Searchable: No

Feathertail Glider - Acrobates pygmaeus profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The feathertail glider is the smallest gliding animal in the world!
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle/High School Teacher Section: Yes

Feather-tailed Possum - Distoechurus pennatus profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The feather-tailed possum is a very small marsupial found in forested areas of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has gray fur and a black mask over its eyes and a white stripe on its forehead and cheeks.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle/High School Teacher Section: Yes