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Snuggle alert in Australia | And it can still fly
Snub nose, button eyes, fluffy ears. To melt away !!! Scientists have now found out through genetic analysis that there are three species of the large flying bagger instead of one.
So far, only the southern large-scale flying bagger was known. It lives in the forests of Australia, is considered a loner (except during the mating season), feeds mainly on eucalyptus, is 35 to 45 centimeters tall (similar to an opossum) and has a tail up to 60 centimeters long.
For a long time there have been observations that suggested that there is more than this one species. Somehow the groups of animals in the different parts of the country always looked a little different from the others. An Australian research team has now provided the proof.
Denise McGregor from James Cook University in Townsville / Queensland published her findings in the science magazine "Nature". Together with five other researchers, the doctoral student had examined the DNA of the nocturnal animal: They used “samples from several regions and found evidence” of a total of three different groups.
In addition to the southern large flying bag, there is also the northern and the middle large flying bag.
Incidentally, the large flying butler owes its name to the fact that it can fly - or rather, glide. Between the elbows and heels there is a membrane that the bagger can stretch and so sail from tree to tree. You can fly, uh, sail up to 100 meters.
Large flying baggers are now considered an endangered species. They too were hit by the terrible bushfires. And: Because there are now three species instead of one, the number per population is decimated. That is why the scientists are calling for protective measures.
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