International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 971–976

A New Generic Name for the Hoolock Gibbon (Hylobatidae)


  • Alan Mootnick
    • Director Gibbon Conservation Center
    • School of Archaeology and AnthropologyAustralian National University

DOI: 10.1007/s10764-005-5332-4

Cite this article as:
Mootnick, A. & Groves, C. Int J Primatol (2005) 26: 971. doi:10.1007/s10764-005-5332-4


Contrary to usual practice, the generic nomen Bunopithecus is not applicable to hoolock gibbons. We recount the history of its application and explain why it is spurious. We supply a new generic name, list the characters and content of the genus, and compare it to the other 3 genera of the Hylobatidae.


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