Primates

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 357–363 | Cite as

Sympatry between white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) and pileated gibbons (H. pileatus) in Southeastern Thailand

  • Thomas Geissmann
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Abstract

White-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) are not known to occur to the east or southeast of Bangkok. The reliably documented localities ofH. lar nearest to this area are about 120 km northeast of Bangkok. There, in the Kao Yai National Park, is the only known zone of contact betweenH. lar and the pileated gibbon (H. pileatus), another species of the so-calledlar group. Unpublished documents dating from 1925 indicate, however, that sympatry between these two species may also have existed in the region of Sriracha, about 80 km southeast of Bangkok. Therefore, a large zone of overlap in the distribution of the two species may originally have existed. In most parts of this hypothetical zone, gibbon habitat appears to have been destroyed, with the Khao Yai Park possibly representing the last remnant of the once large contact zone.

Key Words

Gibbons White-handed gibbon Pileated gibbon Sympatry Hylobates lar Hylobates pileatus 

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Geissmann
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  1. 1.Anthropological InstituteUniversity Zürich-IrchelZürichSwitzerland

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