The Greatest of Gliders

Up to the late twentieth century, Greater Gliders (Petauroides volans, meaning ‘flying rope-dancer-like’) were thought of as one common species of gliding possum, distributed along Australia’s far east from Bundaberg to Victoria. In 2020, advanced genetic taxonomical research revealed that what was previously thought to be one species was actually three distinct species: Southern (P.volans, east Victoria and east NSW), Central (P.armillatus, southeast Queensland) and Northern (P.minor, northeast Queensland) Greater Gliders.