Philippine Flying Lemur
Philippine flying lemur
At Bohol, Philippines.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Dermoptera
Family Cynocephalidae
Genus Cynocephalus
Species Cynocephalus volans
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Philippine Flying Lemur is a species from the Cynocephalus genus. It is one of two species of flying lemurs, the only two living species in the order Dermoptera.


An average Philippine flying lemurweighs about 1 to 1.7 kilograms (2.2 to 3.7 lb) and is 14 to 17 inches (36 to 43 cm) long. It has a wide head, small ears and big eyes. Its clawed feet are large and webbed for fast climbing and for gliding. Its 12 inches (30 cm) tail is connected to the forelimbs via a patagium.


The Philippine flying lemur is arboreal and usually resides in primary and secondary forests. However, some wander into coconut, banana and rubber plantations. They are considered pests, since they eat fruits and flowers and so, are hunted down by humans.


Its 34 teeth resemble those of a carnivore but the Philippine Flying Lemur eats mainly fruits, flowers and leaves.


The female Philippine flying lemur usually gives birth to one young after a two-month gestation period. The young is helpless and attaches itself to its mother's belly, in a pouch fashioned from the mother's skin flaps.



  • It is one of two species of flying lemurs, the only two living species in the order Dermoptera.
  • Although called a flying lemur, it cannot fly and is not a lemur.


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