Evidence for multiple species of Sunda colugo. Academic Article uri icon


  • Flying lemurs, or colugos, are among the most enigmatic mammals. They have the most extensive gliding membrane of any volant mammal (Figure 1A), allowing them to traverse distances up to 136 meters [1]. Current taxonomy recognizes just two colugo species, each assigned to a unique genus: the Sunda colugo (Galeopterus variegatus) and the Philippine colugo (Cynocephalus volans) [2]. Because the evolutionary history of colugos is poorly known we undertook the first study to examine genetic variation in the broadly distributed Sunda colugo. Our results, combined with morphological data, provide compelling evidence that mainland, Javan, and Bornean colugo subspecies may be better recognized as distinct species, potentially tripling species diversity in the genus Galeopterus. 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Curr Biol

altmetric score

  • 3.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Janecka, J. E., Helgen, K. M., Lim, N., Baba, M., Izawa, M., Boeadi, .., & Murphy, W. J.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Janecka, Jan E||Helgen, Kristofer M||Lim, Norman T-L||Baba, Minoru||Izawa, Masako||Murphy, William J

publication date

  • November 2008