International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 875–900 | Cite as

Specific Status of Propithecus spp.

  • Mireya I. Mayor
  • Julie A. Sommer
  • Marlys L. Houck
  • John R. Zaonarivelo
  • Patricia C. Wright
  • Colleen Ingram
  • Stacia R. Engel
  • Edward E. LouisJr.Email author


Controversial taxonomic relationships within Propithecus have consistently made conservation and management decisions difficult. We present a multidisciplinary phylogenetic analysis of Propithecus supporting the elevation of 4 subspecies to specific status: P. diadema perrieriP. perrieri, P. diadema candidusP. candidus, P. diadema edwardsiP. edwardsi, and P. verreauxi coquereliP. coquereli; leaving P. diademadiadema as P. diadema and P. verreauxiverreauxi as P. verreauxi.

prosimian Madagascar Propithecus conservation phylogenetic species concept genetics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mireya I. Mayor
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julie A. Sommer
    • 3
  • Marlys L. Houck
    • 4
  • John R. Zaonarivelo
    • 5
  • Patricia C. Wright
    • 1
  • Colleen Ingram
    • 6
  • Stacia R. Engel
    • 7
  • Edward E. LouisJr.
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyState University of New YorkStony Brook
  2. 2.National GeographicDistrict of Columbia
  3. 3.Center for Conservation and ResearchHenry Doorly ZooOmaha
  4. 4.Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, Zoological Society of San DiegoSan Diego
  5. 5.University of AntananarivoMadagascar
  6. 6.Department of Wildlife & Fisheries SciencesTexas A&M UniversityCollege Station
  7. 7.Department of GeneticsStanford UniversityStanford

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