Prince of Wales flying squirrel

Prince of Wales flying squirrel

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Glaucomys sabrinus griseifrons

The Prince of Wales flying squirrel, Glaucomys sabrinus griseifrons, is a subspecies of the northern flying squirrel. Glaucomys sabrinus griseifrons is endemic to Prince of Wales Island in Alaska and has a unique coloration compared to other subspecies of northern flying squirrel. It is whiter on the ventral side, darker on the dorsal side, and the head/neck area tend to be more gray than other subspecies. This subspecies is genetically distinct from the northern flying squirrel from evidence found in mitochondrial DNA and microsatelite data. Adults are usually around 25-37 centimeters in length and 110-230 grams in weight. This subspecies is often considered a keystone species in the Southeastern Alaska area because it consumes and disperses conifer seeds and fungal spores into areas with little vegetation and sites of disturbance. The released fungi spores aid in the absorption of nutrients by plants and speed up regrowth in these areas.

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1. Prince of Wales flying squirrel Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_of_Wales_flying_squirrel

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