Malayan Flying Lemur Skull


The Malayan Flying Lemur is native to much of southeast Asia. Despite its name the flying lemur is not a true lemur nor does it actually fly. Instead this gliding mammal belongs to a unique order called Dermoptera.


Malayan Flying Lemur Skull Replica measures 2.7 inches. Malayan Flying Lemur Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Skull is an adult female. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Malayan Flying Lemur or Galeopterus variegatus is also called Sunda flying lemur, Sunda colugo, or  Malayan colugo, and is a species of colugo. The Sunda flying lemur is found throughout Southeast Asia in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The Malayan flying lemur or Galeopterus variegatus does not fly, instead it glides as it leaps among trees. It is strictly arboreal, is active at night, and feeds on soft plant parts such as young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits.

The head-body length of the Malayan flying lemur is about 13 to 17 in. Its tail length measures 7.1 to 10.6 in. Its hind legs measure between 2.6 to 2.9 in. long. It weighs 2.0 to 2.9 lb.

Malayan flying lemur or Galeopterus variegatus live either solitary or in small groups that are loosely connected. They can be territorial in foraging and sleeping areas. They are mainly nocturnal. They are strictly arboreal and in the daytime, they sleep high within dense foliage in the treetops or in holes in trees.

With all four of their feet, they cling on to the trunk of a tree or the underside of branches. They can glide more than 100 m with minimal loss in elevation. When threatened, they either climb higher up or remain motionless.

Malayan flying lemur or Galeopterus variegatus diet consists mainly of leaves. It also feeds on buds, shoots, coconut flowers, durian flowers, fruits, and sap from selected tree species. It also feeds on insects in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.

The Malayan flying lemur or Galeopterus variegatus mainly forages in tree canopies. It may forage on several different tree species in a single night, or on a single species. It can also be seen licking tree bark of selected tree species to obtain water, nutrients, salts, and minerals.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 2.7 in
Malayan Flying Lemur Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Dermoptera
Family: Cynocephalidae
Genus: Galeopterus
Species: G. variegatus
Binomial name: Galeopterus variegatus
Conservation status: Least concern