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There are many different types of gliding possum, sometimes referred to as flying phalangers, or simply as gliders:

Australian gliders

New Guinea gliders

A characteristic of all species of marsupial gliders is the partially fused (syndactylous) second and third digits on the hind feet.[1][2] They achieve gliding flight by use of membranes called patagia.


  1. ^ Sugar Gliders: Everything about Purchase, Nutrition, Behavior, and Breeding. 2008. Caroline Wightman.
  2. ^ Gliders of Australia: A Natural History. 2002. David Lindenmayer