Urban Mammals: Colugos

Colugos (Galeopterus variegatus)

Local name: Kubong, kubung, kubung pelanduk, kujul

Description:

  • Commonly known as a ‘flying lemur’ but the animal does not fly and it is not a lemur. In fact, it is more closely related to primates than marsupials
  • Able to glide for long distances as it possesses a thin membrane that stretches all the way to the ends of its tail and each limb
  • Fur colour varies from greenish-grey to reddish and yellowish orange
  • Excretes by flipping its tail backwards
  • Infant clings tightly to its mother, similar to primates

Activity pattern: Nocturnal

Ecological function: Seed disperser

Level in food chain: Primary and secondary consumer

Feeding behaviour: Omnivore

Food items: Leaves and young shoots, fruits

Microhabitat: Found high up in trees and normally hides in tree holes in day time