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Colugo \Co*lu"go\, n. [Prob. an aboriginal name.] (Zo["o]l.) A peculiar East Indian mammal ( Galleopithecus volans), having along the sides, connecting the fore and hind limbs, a parachutelike membrane, by means of which it is able to make long leaps, like the flying squirrel; -- called also flying lemur.


n. An arboreal gliding mammal, of order ''Dermoptera'', native to South-east Asia.


n. arboreal nocturnal mammal of southeast Asia and the Philippines resembling a lemur and having a fold of skin on each side from neck to tail that is used for long gliding leaps [syn: flying lemur, flying cat]


Colugos are arboreal gliding mammals found in Southeast Asia. Just two extant species make up the entire familyCynocephalidae and orderDermoptera. They are the most capable gliders of all gliding mammals, using flaps of extra skin between their legs to glide from higher to lower locations. They are also known as cobegos or flying lemurs, although they are not true lemurs.