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Scientific Name: 
Petaurus australis
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Diprotodontia
Family: 
Petauridae
Genus: 
Petaurus
Species: 
australis
Status: 
Least Concern
Population Trend: 
Decreasing

Gliders have a membrane of loose skin between their wrist and ankle allowing them to glide from tree to tree. Yellow-bellied Gliders are one of the largest gliders in Australia and can glide a 100m in a single swoop.
Pollen, insects and spiders are important sources of protein but tree sap, which this glider laps from oozing wounds it has chewed into the bark, is its main food.
This glider needs large areas of forest to forage so habitat destruction and fragmentation is a threat to its long-term survival.

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Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2008