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taxon links [down<--]Catarrhini Interpreting the tree
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Phylogeny from Purvis (1995).
Containing group: Catarrhini

Other Names for Hylobatidae


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Scientific Name Hylobates moloch
Location Gunong Gede, Java, Indonesia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Silvery Gibbon (Hylobates moloch)
Source Collection Flickr
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Copyright © 2007 Lip Kee Yap
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Tree of Life Web Project. 2007. Hylobatidae. Gibbons. Version 30 November 2007 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Hylobatidae/16300/2007.11.30 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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