Discovery triples greater glider species in Australia

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A team of researchers from James Cook University (JCU), The Australian National University (ANU), the University of Canberra and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, analyzed the genetic make-up of the greater glider—a possum-sized marsupial that can glide up to 100 meters.

JCU’s Ph.D. student Denise McGregor and Professor Andrew Krockenberger were part of a team that confirmed a long-held theory that the greater glider is actually multiple species.

As a part of her Ph.D. project to understand why greater gliders varied so much across their range, Ms McGregor discovered that the genetic differences between the populations she was looking at were profound.

“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,” she said.

“Australia’s biodiversity just got a lot richer. It’s

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