Confused and have questions? We’ve got answers. With Chegg Study, you can get step-by-step solutions to your questions from an expert in the field. If you rather get 1:1 study help, try 30 minutes of free online tutoring with Chegg Tutors.

Lesser ape

From Biology-Online Dictionary | Biology-Online Dictionary
Revision as of 08:59, 18 December 2016 by Honeev (talk | contribs) (updated)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

Definition

noun, plural: lesser apes

Any of the apes of the family Hylobatidae (gibbons) characterized by being relatively smaller, low sexual dimorphism, and not making nest


Supplement

The apes are tailless anthropoid primates of the superfamily Hominoidea. There are two major groups of apes, i.e. the great apes and the lesser apes. The lesser apes differ from the great apes in having a smaller body frame and long arms they use to swing from branch to branch. The lesser apes also show low sexual dimorphisms. They are often found inhabiting the tropical and subtropical rainforests in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and China.

The lesser apes of the family Hylobatidae is comprised by four genera and 17 species of gibbons. The four genera are as follows:

  • Hylobates
  • Hoolock
  • Nomascus
  • Symphalangus

The lesser apes share the following common characteristics: smaller, low sexual dimorphism, and not making nest. They resemble the monkeys more than the other apes. Nevertheless, just as the great apes, the lesser apes are also tailless.


Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Suborder: Haplorhini
  • Superfamily: Hominoidea
  • Family: Hylobatidae [Gray, 1870]

Also called:

  • smaller ape

See also: