Hoolock gibbon

Hoolock gibbons are lesser apes belonging to the gibbon family. These gibbons are classified into three species – western hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock), eastern hoolock gibbon (Hoolock leuconedys) and Skywalker hoolock gibbon (Hoolock tianxing). They are found in eastern Bangladesh, Northeast India, Myanmar and Southwest China. A new research by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) revealed that India has only one of these species – Hoolock hoolock. This contradicts the previous research conclusion that stated that the northeastern India has two species – Hoolock leuconedys and Hoolock hoolock.

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