Description:

The Malayan Colugo or Malayan Flying Lemur has large eyes and a pointed muzzle. It is either grey or reddish-brown above, mostly with irregular narrow black bands and streaks, white botches and a whitish eye ring.

Its limbs are long and its feet have large claws. There’s an extensive skin membrane stretching from its neck to forelimbs, between the digits, along the side of the body, the hind limbs and across the long tail. This membrane when spread open, enable the colugo to glide from tree to tree. Colugo has been observed to glide more than 100 meters.

BBC's Planet Earth documentary series features a story in its "Jungles" episode on the Malayan Colugo gliding from tree to tree in search of young leaves. The footage captures a few clips showing how well the colugo can glide and maneuver in the air. Catch it now via Amazon Instant Video Jungles.

Habitat:

Solitary, arboreal and nocturnal. Usually spends the day clinging to tree trunks or suspended from horizontal branches. It feeds mainly on leaves. The young clings on under the mother’s membrane. In Singapore, it occurs mainly in the Central Nature Reserves and adjacent park and in Bukit Batok Nature Park. Read more here.

Size:

HB to 38 cm. Tail to 26.5 cm.

Status:

Widespread but uncommon.

Distribution:

Myanmar, Indochina, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and Java.

References:

Wild Animals of Singapore - Nick Baker | Kelvin Lim
Colugo: The Flying Lemur of South-east Asia - Norman Lim | Morten Strange

Fauna > Mammals

Malayan Colugo

Galeopterus variegatus (formerly as Cynocephalus variegatus)

A Colugo with a young

Colugo with a young seen at Central Nature Reserve, clinging on to a branch.


Colugo licking on lichen on the tree bark

A reddish Colugo licking on lichen on the tree bark.

A gliding Colugo

A gliding Colugo. Check out how the skin membrane is connected to its limbs and tail.

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