Feathertail glider Click to enlarge image
Acrobates pygmaeus is found in Sydney. Image: R & A Williams
© R & A Williams

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    pygmaeus
    Genus
    Acrobates
    Family
    Acrobatidae
    Order
    Diprotodontia
    Subclass
    Marsupialia
    Class
    Mammalia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    6 cm - 8 cm

Introduction

The Feathertail Glider is the smallest gliding mammal in the world with an average weight of only 12 g.

Identification

The Feathertail Glider is distinguished from other small marsupials by its feather-like tail fringed with long stiff hairs, which acts as a rudder during flight. A gliding membrane, which extends from its elbows to its knees, allows the animal to glide more than 20 m between trees. It clings to smooth surfaces with its large serrated toe pads.

Habitat

The Feathertail Glider lives in forests and woodlands.

Distribution

The Feathertail Glider is found in eastern Australia from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.



Feeding and diet

It feeds on pollen, nectar and insects.

Predators

Predators of the Feathertail Glider include currawongs, kookaburras, foxes and cats.