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Here is a list of traits from least to most specific regarding sugargliders.

Kingdom Animalia
  • Has cellular characteristics such as DNA inside a nucleus
  • Eats by ingestion and heterotrophic
  • Has Muscular tissues, nervous system, and multiple tissue layers
  • Has symmetry and regulatory genes
  • Reproduces sexually

Subkingdom Metazoa
  • Utilizes an extracellular matrix or ECM

Phylum Chordata (Some traits in Chordata are only prenatal)
  • Has gill-like structures called pharyngeal slits
  • Has a dorsal nerve cord
  • Has a notochord
  • Has a post-anal tail

Class Mammalia
  • Produces hair
  • Has Mammary Glands
  • Endothermic
  • Four-Chambered Heart
  • Synapsids

SubClass Theria
  • Offspring do not hatch from eggs

InfraClass Metatheria
  • Offspring are not born with a true placenta, it is less developed
  • Offspring are not well developed at birth
  • Offspring are born into a marsupium (a pouch inside the belly of the mother)
  • Bifid reproductive organs
  • More teeth are present than in placental animals

Order Marsupialia
  • Give birth to relatively undeveloped young
  • Have a pouch containing multiple nipples to sustain young
  • Lack ossified patellae [with few exceptions]

Family Petauridae
  • Have obvious facial markings
  • A well-defined dorsal stripe
  • Very large lower front incisors
  • Four-cusped molars

Genus Petaurus
  • Arboreal ( live in trees )
  • Most all are nocturnal
  • Omnivores or more precisely Exudativores
  • Patagium
  • Most are native to Australia and surrounding lands
  • Specific characteristics in genetic material and blood composition
  • Other species: Breviceps, Norfolcensis, Abidi, Gracilis, Biancensis and Australis

Species Breviceps
  • The sugar glider or Petaurus breviceps meaning "short-headed rope-dancer".
  • Lives in groups.
  • Seasonally adapted omnivores who are exudativores the majority of the year but are opportunistic feeders that can also be carnivorous and insectivorous.
  • Along with the Leadbeater's Possum, the Sugar Glider is the largest marsupial able to enter torpor daily in the wild.

  • breviceps (Waterhouse, 1839) Victoria, South Aus, NSW?, Qld & Tasmania (red), Australia
  • longicaudatus (Longman, 1924) Queensland, Australia
  • ariel (Gould, 1842) Northern Territory to WA, Australia
  • flavidus (Tate & Archbold, 1935) Southern New Guinea, Island of NewGuinea
  • papuanus (Thomas, 1888) Northern New Guinea, Island of NewGuinea
  • tafa (Tate & Archbold, 1935) Owen Stanley Range, Island of NewGuinea

Last Edited March 18, 2013