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The two species of New World flying squirrels
, genus Glaucomys
, are the only species of flying squirrel
Flying squirrels, scientifically known as Pteromyini or Petauristini, are a tribe of 44 species of squirrels .- Description :...
found in North America
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. They are distributed from Alaska
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. They are similar in many ways to the Eurasia
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n flying squirrels in the genus Pteromys
. The two species of New World flying squirrels can be easily distinguished on the basis of size and ventral pelage. Northern flying squirrel
The Northern flying squirrel is one of two species of the genus Glaucomys, the only flying squirrels found in North America . Unlike most members of their family, flying squirrels are strictly nocturnal...
s, Glaucomys sabrinus
are larger and have belly hair that is dark at the base and white at the tip. Southern flying squirrel
The Southern Flying Squirrel is one of two species of the genus Glaucomys, the only flying squirrels found in North America . It is found in deciduous and mixed woods in the eastern half of North America, from southeastern Canada, to Florida, USA...
s, Glaucomys volans
, are smaller and have belly hairs that are completely white. The name Glaucomys
means "bluish-gray mouse".
- Genus Glaucomys
- Glaucomys volans - Southern Flying Squirrel
- Glaucomys sabrinus - Northern Flying Squirrel