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
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The genus Hylobates (pron.: /ˌhaɪlɵˈbeɪtiːz/) is one of the four genera of gibbons. It was once considered the only genus, but recently its subgenera (Hoolock [formerly Bunopithecus], Nomascus, and Symphalangus) have been elevated to the genus level.Hylobates remains the most speciose and widespread of gibbon genera, ranging from southern China (Yunnan) to western and central Java. Individuals within this genus are characterized by 44 chromosomes and often have a ring of white fur around their faces.
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