When thinking of Australian wild animals, the first creatures that come to mind (after kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, And wombats), are venomous reptiles that will kill you in minutes and suck your brains out (or something like that). It turns out that the land down under has a lot more to offer! We recently came to learn that two new species of adorable little gliders have been discovered in Australia!
The Australian Greater Glider was previously considered the only species of gliders in Australia. Greater gliders live in treetops and can glide to a staggering distance of up to 330ft (100m). Recent DNA testings proved that there aren’t just one species of greater gliders down under, but three different ones!
Kara Youngentob, a study researcher recently told The West Australian: “It’s really exciting to find this biodiversity under our noses.” She continued: “The division of the greater glider into multiple species reduces the previous widespread distribution of the original species, further increasing conservation concern for that animal and highlighting the lack of information about the other greater glider species.”
Denise McGregor another researcher told The Guardian: “There has been speculation for a while that there was more than one species of greater glider but now we have proof from the DNA. It changes the whole way we think about them.” advancements
The exciting research proved that the Australian Greater Gliders are a lot more diverse than previously thought. The research wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago and was only made possible thanks to advancements in bio-tech which “highlight the role of genetics in helping to assess conservation status,” the researchers wrote.
Australian wildlife is still recovering from the recent bushfires, and hopefully, these findings will help emphasize the value of conservation efforts.
Learn more about the new species of greater gliders discovered in Australia in the video below:
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