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Petauroides volans (Greater Glider)

Wikipedia Abstract

The greater glider (Petauroides volans) is a small gliding marsupial found in Australia. It is not closely related to the Petaurus group of gliding marsupials but instead to the lemur-like ringtail possum (Hemibelideus lemuroides), with which it shares the subfamily Hemibelideinae. The greater glider is nocturnal and is a solitary herbivore feeding almost exclusively on Eucalyptus leaves and buds. Like its relative the lemur-like ringtail, the greater glider is found in two forms: a sooty brown form, or a grey-to-white form.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 16.64
EDGE Score: 2.87


Adult Weight [1]  2.98 lbs (1.35 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  0.273 grams
Female Maturity [1]  1 year 9 months
Male Maturity [1]  1 year 9 months
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Arboreal [2]  100 %
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  1
Nocturnal [3]  Yes
Weaning [1]  5 months 26 days


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Australian Alps montane grasslands Australia Australasia Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Brigalow tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Eastern Australian temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Einasleigh upland savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Mitchell grass downs Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Queensland tropical rain forests Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests  
Southeast Australia temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Southeast Australia temperate savanna Australia Australasia Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Bald Rock National Park II 21998 New South Wales, Australia
Croajingolong National Park II 217067 Victoria, Australia
Dunggir National Park II 6402 New South Wales, Australia
Girraween National Park II 28978 Queensland, Australia
Kosciuszko National Park II 1705480 New South Wales, Australia
Lamington National Park II 50970 Queensland, Australia
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site   Queensland, Australia

Prey / Diet

Eucalyptus acmenoides (white-mahogany)[4]
Eucalyptus drepanophylla[5]
Eucalyptus exserta (Queensland peppermint)[5]
Eucalyptus fastigata (brown barrel)[4]
Eucalyptus globoidea (White Stringybark)[4]
Eucalyptus moluccana (gray-box)[4]
Eucalyptus radiata (narrow-leaf peppermint gum)[4]
Eucalyptus regnans (mountain-ash)[4]
Eucalyptus tereticornis (forest redgum)[4]
Eucalyptus umbra (Broad-leaved White Mahogany)[5]
Eucalyptus viminalis (manna gum)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Acrocercops laciniella1
Apiomorpha annulata1
Apiomorpha baeuerleni1
Apiomorpha conica4
Apiomorpha dipsaciformis1
Apiomorpha duplex2
Apiomorpha excupula1
Apiomorpha frenchi1
Apiomorpha karschi2
Apiomorpha minor2
Apiomorpha ovicola3
Apiomorpha pedunculata2
Apiomorpha pharetrata1
Apiomorpha pileata6
Apiomorpha rosaeforma1
Apiomorpha sessilis1
Apiomorpha sloanei1
Apiomorpha spinifer2
Apiomorpha strombylosa2
Apiomorpha variabilis2
Apiomorpha withersi1
Chionaspis formosa1
Conulicoccus beardsleyi1
Eriococcus confusus1
Eriococcus coriaceus (gum tree scale)2
Eriococcus tepperi1
Eucalyptococcus brookesae1
Lathamus discolor (Swift Parrot)1
Lichenostomus penicillatus (White-plumed Honeyeater)1
Melithreptus brevirostris (Brown-headed Honeyeater)1
Myzolecanium endoeucalyptus1
Neoleonardia aliformis1
Petaurus norfolcensis (Squirrel Glider)1
Phacelococcus frenchi2
Phacelococcus subcorticalis2
Phascolarctos cinereus (Koala)1
Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella)2
Pseudococcus hypergaeus1
Pseudotargionia comata1
Pteropus conspicillatus (spectacled flying fox)1
Sphaerococcopsis inflatipes1
Sphaerococcopsis simplicior1
Subcorticoccus huonamnis1
Subcorticoccus murrindindi1
Tessaromma undatum1
Villosicoccus brimblecombei1


Aquila audax (Wedge-tailed Eagle)[4]
Dasyurus maculatus (Tiger Quoll)[4]
Morelia spilota (Carpet python)[4]
Ninox strenua (Powerful Boobook)[6]
Tyto tenebricosa (Greater Sooty Owl)[4]
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor)[7]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[8]


Parasitized by 
Austroxyuris finlaysoni <Unverified Name>[9]
Bertiella mawsonae <Unverified Name>[9]
Bertiella petaurina <Unverified Name>[9]
Beveridgia petaurina <Unverified Name>[9]
Breinlia pseudocheiri <Unverified Name>[10]
Cercopithifilaria johnstoni <Unverified Name>[9]
Choristopsylla leptophallus[11]
Choristopsylla ochi[11]
Klossiella schoinobatis <Unverified Name>[10]
Marsupostrongylus minesi <Unverified Name>[9]
Paraustroxyuris parvus <Unverified Name>[9]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Australia Zoo
David Fleay Wildlife Park

Range Map

Australia; Croajingolong;



Attributes / relations provided by
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2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
4Petauroides volans (Diprotodontia: Pseudocheiridae), JAMIE M. HARRIS AND K. SHANE MALONEY, MAMMALIAN SPECIES 42(866):207–219 (2010)
5Energy and Water Metabolism in Free-living Greater Gliders, Petauroides volans, W. J. Foley, J. C. Kehl, K. A. Nagy, I. R. Kaplan and A. C. Borsboom, Aust. J. Zool., 1990, 38, 1-9
6Diet and habitat of the powerful owl (Ninox strenua) living near Melbourne, Elizabeth Lavazanian, M. App. Sc. thesis, Deakin University (1996)
7Diet of the Lace Monitor Lizard (Varanus varius) in south-eastern Australia, Brian W. Weavers, Australian Zoologist, Vol. 25(3) 83-85
8Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
10Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
11International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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