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Hylobates concolor2.jpg
Northern white-cheeked gibbon
Nomascus leucogenys
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Hylobatidae
Genus: Nomascus
Miller, 1933

Nomascus concolor
Nomascus nasutus
Nomascus hainanus
Nomascus leucogenys
Nomascus siki
Nomascus gabriellae
Nomascus annamensis

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Range map of Nomascus species

Nomascus is the second-most speciose genus of gibbons (family Hylobatidae). Originally, this genus was a subgenus of Hylobates, and all individuals were considered one species, Hylobates concolor. Species within Nomascus are characterized by 52 chromosomes. Some species are all black, some are light with a distinct black tuft of crown fur, and some have distinct, light-colored cheek patches. Nomascus is found from southern China (Yunnan) to southern Vietnam, and also on Hainan Island. One species, Nomascus nasutus, has been deemed "the most critically endangered ape species in the world".[2] All species in this genus are either endangered or critically endangered.



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