Northern Chinese or Indian giant Flying Squirrel ?
This flying squirrel was seen at night near Ruoergai in a coniferous forest in a place they called Baxi (a local nature reserve) in Northern Sichuan province. This was at about 3,200 m at the upper limit of the forest. It has an all black tail, light underside and light and is a large sized flying squirrel (i.e. two times bigger than a north American grey squirrel) . The local guide had no idea what species this was but we thought it might be Northern Chinese Flying Squirrel Aeretes melanopterus or Indian giant flying squirrel. Any ideas?
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It doesn’t look like any Indian Giant Flying Squirrel I have seen. Indian Giant Flying Squirrels are also very large – cat sized – and this seems like it ought to be smaller. I haven’t seen Aeretes melanopterus but it seems to fit this quite well. Did you also consider Petaurista caniceps?