Petinomys fuscocapillus (Jerdon, 1847)

Travancore flying squirrel



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1889 (Scheffers et al., 2011)

Rediscovered in 1989 (Scheffers et al., 2011)

IUCN RedList status: Near Threatened



India and Sri Lanka


Biology & Ecology










Kurup, G. U. (1989). Rediscovery of small Travancore Flying Squirrel. Oryx 23: 2-3.

Nanayakkara, R. P., Vishvanath, N. and Kusuminda, T. G. T. (2013). The small flying squirrel (Petinomys fuscocapillus) observed after 78 years in Sri Lanka. Taprobanica 5(1): 85-86.

Rajamani, N., Molur, S. and Nameer, P.O. (2008). Petinomys fuscocapillus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T16734A6331119. Downloaded on 15 March 2016.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Singh, Ashutosh and Bahuguna, Archana. (2016). Molecular phylogeny of rediscovered Travancore flying squirrel (Petinomys fuscocapillus) and its conservation implications. Current Science 110(4): 659.


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