Siberian Flying Squirrel - Pteromys volans
Pteromys volans (Rodentia - Sciuridae) is a small to medium-sized glider squirrel which is distributed in the palearctic region (north of Europe and Asia). They have a membrane that extends between their fore- and hind limbs. Unlike some other species of flying squirrels, Pteromys volans do not have a membrane between their hind limbs and the base of their tail.
These pretty squirrels have distinct, large, black eyes, and also have thick, long and soft fur. The margins of the gliding membrane are bordered with a distinct fringe of soft fur.
Listed as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List, the Siberian Flying Squirrel is included in Habitats Directive Annex IV of European Union (92/43/EEC) and is, therefore, in need of strict protection. It is considered Vulnerable at the national level in Finland and also in China.
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Photo credit: ©Vanikat | Locality: Finland (2006)