A new North American flying squirrel

Main report: Meet This Newly Discovered Flying Squirrel
(National Geographic)

Scientific Paper: Journal of Mammalogy   
New Taxa: Glaucomys oregonensis
Common Name: Humboldt’s flying squirrel
Species named for: Oregon
Categories: Mammals | New Species
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Humboldt’s flying squirrel is the third species of flying squirrel found in North America.  The discovery means that three—not two—species of the furred gliders live in North America, and it changes our understanding of how these squirrels evolved and spread across the american continent.  The newly described Humboldt’s flying  squirrel (Glaucomys oregonensis) is found in forested habitats along the Pacific coast of North America, from southern British Columbia to southern California.

Humboldt’s flying squirrel. Photo by Nick Kerhoulas.

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