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Vocal Diversity of Kloss’s Gibbons (Hylobates Klossii) in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia


Keith, S A; Waller, M S; Geissmann, T (2009). Vocal Diversity of Kloss’s Gibbons (Hylobates Klossii) in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. In: Lappan, S; Whittaker, D J. The Gibbons, first New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology. New York, USA: Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009, 51-71.

Abstract

Gibbons (family Hylobatidae) are generally described as monogamous, frugivorous, arboreal, and territorial apes and inhabit tropical and subtropical forests of South and Southeast Asia (Marshall and Sugardjito 1986; Leighton
1987; Chivers 2001; Geissmann 2003). All gibbon species are known to produce elaborate, loud, long, and stereotyped patterns of vocalization often referred to as ‘‘songs’’ (Marshall and Marshall 1976; Haimoff 1984; Geissmann 1993, 1995, 2002b, 2003). Generally, song bouts are produced in the early morning and last approximately 10–30 min. Species-specific song characteristics in gibbons are thought to have a strong genetic component (Brockelman and Schilling 1984; Geissmann 1984; Tenaza 1985; Marshall and Sugardjito 1986; Mather 1992; Geissmann 1993). It has previously been demonstrated that gibbon song characteristics are useful for assessing systematic relationships on the level
of the gibbon genus, species and local population, and for reconstructing gibbon phylogeny (Haimoff et al. 1982; Haimoff 1983; Creel and Preuschoft 1984; Haimoff et al. 1984; Marshall et al. 1984; Geissmann 1993, 2002a, b;
Konrad and Geissmann 2006; Dallmann and Geissmann this volume).

Gibbons (family Hylobatidae) are generally described as monogamous, frugivorous, arboreal, and territorial apes and inhabit tropical and subtropical forests of South and Southeast Asia (Marshall and Sugardjito 1986; Leighton
1987; Chivers 2001; Geissmann 2003). All gibbon species are known to produce elaborate, loud, long, and stereotyped patterns of vocalization often referred to as ‘‘songs’’ (Marshall and Marshall 1976; Haimoff 1984; Geissmann 1993, 1995, 2002b, 2003). Generally, song bouts are produced in the early morning and last approximately 10–30 min. Species-specific song characteristics in gibbons are thought to have a strong genetic component (Brockelman and Schilling 1984; Geissmann 1984; Tenaza 1985; Marshall and Sugardjito 1986; Mather 1992; Geissmann 1993). It has previously been demonstrated that gibbon song characteristics are useful for assessing systematic relationships on the level
of the gibbon genus, species and local population, and for reconstructing gibbon phylogeny (Haimoff et al. 1982; Haimoff 1983; Creel and Preuschoft 1984; Haimoff et al. 1984; Marshall et al. 1984; Geissmann 1993, 2002a, b;
Konrad and Geissmann 2006; Dallmann and Geissmann this volume).

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Anthropology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:18 Nov 2009 06:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:30
Publisher:Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009
Series Name:Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects
Number:Part 2
ISBN:978-0-387-88603-9 (P) 978-0-387-88604-6 (O)
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/978-0-387-88604-6_4
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-23400

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