Yellow-bellied Glider (Wet Tropics)  |  

Petaurus australis Wet Tropics subspecies

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

The Yellow-bellied Glider has a greyish-brown body with a distinct black stripe running down its back from forehead to the base of the tail. The belly is a distinctive off-white, which may acquire a yellowish tinge in older individuals, although less so than in populations of the south-eastern subspecies. The gliding membrane has a black margin and there is a black stripe on the outer side of the hind limb to the paw. The lower limbs are black. The ears are pale in colour and bare. Compared with the more widespread south-eastern Australian subspecies, the Wet Tropics subspecies is lighter in weight and darker coloured on the back. The large, pointed and bare ears feature prominently.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Petaurus australis Wet Tropics subspecies

    Barbed wire Moderate Moderate Poses a threat in some areas (Dennis 2012) fencing (entanglement) Climate change Moderate Large (future threat) Listed by DERM (2011) as a threat of unknown significance; although Dennis (2012) states rainforest expansion is due to long term climate trends.
    Carbine Tableland locations and evidence of and Cardwell Range Herberton Range) in separated patches of decline) habitat; each of which is likely to be affected differently by key threats (including inappropriate fire regimes; and habitat loss and fragmentation through clearing).
    Threat factor Consequence Extent over which Evidence base rating threat may operate Inappropriate fire Severe Large Vegetation change is occurring due to reduced fire regime frequency and intensity (Harrington and Sanderson 1994; Winter 2004; DERM 2011; Dennis 2012) the availability of hollows and wintering trees may also be influenced by fire regimes (Winter 2004).