International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 971–976 | Cite as

A New Generic Name for the Hoolock Gibbon (Hylobatidae)

  • Alan Mootnick
  • Colin GrovesEmail author


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.


Hylobatidae gibbon Bunopithecus Hoolock taxonomy nomenclature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Director Gibbon Conservation CenterSanta ClaritaUSA
  2. 2.School of Archaeology and AnthropologyAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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