A rare discovery: we found the sugar glider is actually three species, but one is disappearing fast

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 04:17:12 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Most Australians are familiar with the cute, nectar-loving sugar glider
(Petaurus breviceps), a marsupial denizen of forests in eastern and
northern Australia.

However, our new study shows the sugar glider is actually three
genetically and physically distinct species: Petaurus breviceps and
two new species, Krefft’s glider (Petaurus notatus) and the savanna
glider (Petaurus ariel).

This discovery has meant the distribution of the sugar glider has
substantially reduced, and it’s now limited only to coastal regions in
southeastern Australia. The devastating bushfires last summer hit this
part of Australia hard."

        *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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