Gliding mammals of the world.
Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing, 2012.
Quarto, dustwrapper, 215 pp. colour illustrations, maps.
Gliding mammals are an extraordinary group of animals that have the ability to glide from tree to tree with seemingly effortless grace. There are over 60 species of gliding mammals including the flying squirrels from Europe and North America, the scaly-tailed flying squirrels from central Africa and the gliding possums of Australia and New Guinea and the colugos - or so called flying lemurs - that occur throughout South-East Asia and the Philippines. This book provides, for the first time, a synthesis of all that is known about the biology of these intriguing mammals. It includes a brief description of each species, together with a distribution map and a beautiful full-colour painting. An introduction outlines the origins and biogeography of each group of gliding mammals and examines the incredible adaptations that allow them to launch themselves and glide from tree to tree.