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Dermoptera (Flying Lemurs)

  1. Chris Beard

Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001560



How to Cite

Beard, C. 2001. Dermoptera (Flying Lemurs). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2001


Dermopterans are an order of placental mammals represented by only two living species confined to Southeast Asia. Numerous anatomical specializations for arboreal climbing and gliding distinguish dermopterans from other mammals. Competing phylogenetic reconstructions place dermopterans as the nearest relatives of either primates or bats.


  • colugos;
  • gliding;
  • Primatomorpha