Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) on Siargao island

Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) on Siargao island

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Okay, it’s not really a lemur and it can’t really fly but this Philippine flying lemur is an interesting and regular visitor to our nighttime yard. Usually it comes to our attention shortly after sunset as it begins moving through the guava and jackfruit trees.

Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) on Siargao island

Instead of ‘flying’ this creature uses a webbed membrane called a patagium to glide between trees.

Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) on Siargao island
This flying lemur is also known as the Philippine colugo. It’s sometimes called kagwang in local languages. In Surigaonon it’s known as the cago.

The Philippine flying lemur mostly eats leaves (and licks them too to get moisture).

Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) on Siargao island
Here you can see one of the Philippine flying lemur’s clawed feet which it uses to slowly climb trees.

Taxonomically, the Philippine Flying lemur is most closely related to the Scandentia treeshrews and, believe it or not, primates. We’ll save the Mindanao treeshrews that are seen running around our yard from time to time for an upcoming story.

 


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