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Skywalker hoolock gibbon UPSC NOTE

 Why in news

  • A picture released on February 16 shows a Skywalker hoolock gibbon in Myanmar

  • When the Skywalker hoolock gibbon was first discovered in 2017 by a group ofStar Wars-loving scientists

  • Its only confirmed population (fewer than 200 individuals)was in neighbouring China

  • But in a new study,researchers confirmed Myanmar has the largest known population of Skywalker gibbons in a single location

Skywalker hoolock gibbon

  • The Skywalker hoolock gibbon, also known as the Gaoligong hoolock gibbon (Hoolock tianxing), is a fascinating primate species named after the iconic Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.

  • Discovered in 2017 in the Gaoligong Mountains of China and Myanmar.

  • Previously considered part of the eastern hoolock gibbon species, but genetic and physical differences led to its classification as a distinct species.

Physical Characteristics:

  • Males have black fur with distinctive white eyebrows, while females have a brownish-grey coat.

  • Smaller than other hoolock gibbon species, reaching about 60-70 cm in length.

  • Agile and acrobatic, known for their brachiation skills (swinging through trees with their arms).

Habitat and Distribution:

  • Found in the mountainous forests of the Gaoligong Mountains, spanning China and Myanmar.

  • Prefer evergreen broadleaf forests with dense vegetation.


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