Northern White Cheeked Gibbon

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Hylobatidae Nomascus Nomascus leucogenys
Northern White-cheeked Crested Gibbon
IUCN Status: Critically-Endangered
  • Common Names: Northern White-cheeked Crested Gibbon or White-cheeked Gibbon
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1840
  • Monkey Size: 45 to 63 cm (17.72 to 24.80 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black or reddish-tan
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Laos, Vietnam, China

Northern White-cheeked Crested Gibbon Distribution

Northern White-cheeked Gibbon Characteristics

The northern white-cheeked gibbon[1] (Nomascus leucogenys), also called the white-cheeked gibbon, is an endangered species of gibbon endemic to Southeast Asia.

Nomascus Leucogenys

  • Northern white-cheeked gibbons are sexually dimorphic, with males and females having different colorations and the former slightly larger.
  • Males have all black fur except for distinctive white cheek patches, a prominent tuft of fur on the crown, and a throat pouch.
  • Females are reddish brown, without a cranial plume, and with a crest of black or dark brown fur running from the crown to the nape.
  • The species resembles the southern white-cheeked gibbon but slightly has longer hair and different vocalizations.

Northern White Cheeked Gibbon

Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon Facts

Northern White Cheeked Gibbon

  • Like other members of its genus, both males and females have unusually long arms, even for gibbons, with arms 1.2 to 1.4 times the length of their legs.
  • Adults have been shown to exhibit a hand preference when swinging through trees, and individuals are equally likely to be right-handed or left-handed.
  • Both males and females have been reported to produce reddish-brown secretions from glands around the upper chest, ankles, and hips.
  • They are diurnal and spend the night sleeping on high branches, often cuddling one another tightly.
  • Northern white-cheeked gibbons use vocalizations throughout the day to signal their territory and are used in mating rituals.

Northern White Cheeked Gibbon F

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Key References
  • [1]“White-cheeked gibbon | Smithsonian’s National Zoo”. Accessed October 22, 2022. Link.


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