Flying mouse

Flying mouse

name = Flying mice
fossil_range = Recent
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Rodentia
subordo = Anomaluromorpha
familia = Anomaluridae
subfamilia = Zenkerellinae
genus = "Idiurus"
genus_authority = Matschie, 1894
subdivision_ranks = Species
subdivision = "Idiurus macrotis"
"Idiurus zenkeri"

The flying mice, also known as the pygmy scaly-tails, pygmy scaly-tailed flying squirrels, or pygmy anomalures are not mice, not squirrels, and are not capable of true flight. These unusual rodents are essentially miniaturized versions of anomalures and are part of the same sub-Saharan African radiation of gliding mammal.


These animals resemble mice with gliding membranes and long, sparsely-haired tails. Their appearance is similar to some marsupial gliders. They are less than 10 cm (4 inches) in head and body length and weigh 14-35 grams (1/2 - 1.2 oz).

Flying mice are nocturnal and are found in the poorly explored tropical forests of central (and to a lesser extent western) Africa. Little is known of their habits as a result. It has been suggested that one or both species may live in colonies of dozens of individuals. Bats may also be found sharing these tree-hollow colonies.


*Genus "Idiurus"
**Long-eared Flying Mouse ("Idiurus macrotis")
**Pygmy Scaly-tailed Flying Squirrel ("Idiurus zenkeri")

ee also

Gliding mammal


*Dieterlen, F. 2005. Family Anomaluridae. Pp. 1532-1534 "in" Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
*Kingdon, J. 1997. The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals. Academic Press Limited, London.
*Nowak, Ronald M. 1999. "Walker's Mammals of the World", 6th edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1936 pp. ISBN 0-8018-5789-9

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