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Family - Hylobatidae


Gibbon are apes in the Hylobatidae.  Also called the lesser apes, gibbons differ from great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and humans) in being smaller, exhibiting low sexual dimorphism.  This family also has only one genus, Hylobatide, and rounded to 11 species (some authorities recognize a second genus, Symphalangus). They are found only in the tropical forests. Their arms are long, both front feet and back feet are long and skinny. The skulls of hylobatids resemble those of hominids, with very short rostra, enlarged braincases, and large orbits that face forward.Hylobatds are catarrhine primates; that is, their nostrils are close together and face forward and slightly downward.

Author: Damien H
Published: 11/2012






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