Craniodental Characters in the Taxonomy of Propithecus

  title={Craniodental Characters in the Taxonomy of Propithecus},
  author={Colin P. Groves and Kristofer M. Helgen},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
  • C. GrovesK. Helgen
  • Published 6 December 2007
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • International Journal of Primatology
The indriid genus Propithecus comprises the sifakas, medium-sized lemurs endemic to the forests of Madagascar. Traditionally, scientists divided the genus into only 2 or 3 species —Propithecus diadema, P. verreauxi, and, since 1988, P. tattersalli— with 4 or 5 subspecies in each of the first 2 taxa, but recent authors have suggested that many more distinct species should be recognized. We draw from quantitative and qualitative studies of craniodental traits to evaluate further the phenetic… 

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