Grey gibbon female and juvenile

Hylobates gibbons

Hylobate gibbons are one of four genera of gibbons, and contains six species. This group is the the most widespread ranging from China where the Lar gibbon can be found, right down to Indonesia where the silvery gibbon lives. The hylobate gibbons are recognisable by their distinctive white ring of facial fur. Each genus has a different number of chomosomes, with hylobates having 44. Like all gibbons species, hylobates are tail-less and have long arms for swinging through the trees.

Scientific name: Hylobates

Rank: Genus


Map showing the distribution of the Hylobates gibbons taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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