National Academy Science Letters

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 27–33 | Cite as

Distribution and Status of Indian Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista philippensis Elliot) in Rajasthan, India

  • Vijay Kumar KoliEmail author
  • Chhaya Bhatnagar
  • Satish Kumar Sharma
Research Article


Distribution and status of Indian Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista philippensis Elliot) have been assessed in the state of Rajasthan, India. A total of 1,704 km surveys were made in southern Rajasthan from January 2009 to June 2011. A total of 86 flying squirrels were encountered at 39 sites of 4 districts and mainly concentrated in protected areas. The overall encounter rate was 0.05 animals/km. Petaurista philippensis was found to be natural cavity dweller and mostly nested on Madhuca longifolia. Hunting, cultural traditions, myths and construction of national highway were found major potent factors for decline flying squirrels’ population.


Petaurista philippensis Rajasthan India Madhuca longifolia Myths 



This study was funded by the University Grant Commission (UGC) in the form of JRF and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Rajasthan. We thank to Department of Forests, Jaipur (Rajasthan) for permission to carry out this study and assistance in the field. Authors also duly thank to Mohammad Yaseen and Dilip Mali for their help in field surveys.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijay Kumar Koli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chhaya Bhatnagar
    • 1
  • Satish Kumar Sharma
    • 2
  1. 1.Aquatic Toxicology and Wildlife Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University College of ScienceMohanlal Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia
  2. 2.Assistant Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Sanctuary JaisamandUdaipurIndia

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