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Discovery of new glider species highlights conservation risk

Source: cdu.edu.au

Research by Charles Darwin University has changed what was known about the charismatic nectar-loving sugar glider, finding that they are at more risk than ever, particularly after the recent bushfires devastating south-eastern Australia.

The research in collaboration with the South Australian Museum and Queensland University of Technology has discovered that the sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps), once thought to be a singular species actually represents three genetically and morphologically distinct species.

Published in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society the discovery has been a decade in the making for the team at CDU. Provost Professor Sue Carthew said the findings were not only a significant contribution to science but have important conservation implications. MORE