Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sunda flying lemur

Ok for the certifications I found out that I need to take the Network + 2009 by April 1st. I notice there is a lack of study materials for this test, fortunately the Comptia website had a package I could order. Shame about the deadline being on April 1st though I guess with it being in the middle of the week it would not have been ideal for a party.

Goal for the week 17hrs
still working out new fine art piece ideas

photo by Loochie

The Sunda flying lemur or Colugo (Galeopterus variegatus) is a gliding mammal from the order Dermoptera which inhabits south east Asia. While they are not primates and not particularly related to true lemurs, they are in the same branch of mammals as primates and tree shrews. Colugos are thought to be primates closest living relatives though they went in a fairly different direction specialising for gliding. As an order are the most capable of gliding mammals and can sustain a jump for up to 200 feet. It had been suggested that they may have represented a link between primates and bats, but genetic evidence has not supported this theory and bats have been placed in Pegasoferae with carnivores and odd toed ungulates. Flying lemurs are nocturnal heravores that raise their young in an almost marsupial-like manner. The young are born less developed and spend the first 6 months clinging to their mother's belly protected by skin folds. They breed very slowly and the young generally stay with their mother's for the first 2 or 3 years.

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