Palaeos Palaeos Archonta
Vertebrates Dermoptera


Abbreviated Dendrogram
   |--ANAGALIDA (incl. Glires)    
      |   `--Dermoptera


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  1. Dermoptera


colugaDermoptera: colugos (Cynocephalus), Ekgmowechashala. 2 R species of 1-2 kg SE Asian arboreal gliders somewhat convergent on bats. 

Range: fr upEc (mPc?). 

Phylogeny: Archonta : Primatomorpha + (Scandentia + * )

Characters: Skull broad & flat; dental formula 2/3, 1/1, 2/2, 3/3; I2 caniniform; i1-2 broad & comb-like, used for grooming and scraping leaves; canines double-rooted; broad, 3-cusp molars with shearing enamel lophs; palate broad & flattened; large tongue; large forward-facing eyes with overlapping fields of vision; postorbital bar nearly complete; tympanic bullae flattened; thoracic neural spines short; ribs broad; sternum slightly keeled; radius elongated, but distal ulna reduced; digits 5/5 with sharp, curved claws (climbing); membranes from neck to fingers, between limbs, and from foot to tip of tail; sloth-like, under-branch climbers; long-distance gliding (>100 m); herbivorous, frugivorous; long intestinal tract with very large cecum; 1 offspring per pregnancy; strictly arboreal & unable to walk. 

Links: Order Dermoptera/Family Cynocephalidae; Lecture 12 - Mac/Der/Scan.; Order Dermoptera: Flying Lemurs or Colugos; Mammalogy, lecture 9; Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections- DERMOPTERA; Mammalia- Dermoptera - Riesengleiter (German); Order Dermoptera- Flying Lemurs or Colugos (skull & skeleton); Dermoptera after McKenna & Bell 1997; Dermoptera - Letuchy (Czech); Dermoptera (Spanish); Sub-Unit- Order Dermoptera.  ATW030309.

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