Specific Status of Propithecus spp.

  title={Specific Status of Propithecus spp.},
  author={Mireya I. Mayor and Julie A. Sommer and Marlys L. Houck and John Rigobert Zaonarivelo and Patricia Chapple Wright and Colleen M Ingram and Stacia R. Engel and Edward E. Louis},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
Controversial taxonomic relationships within Propithecus have consistently made conservation and management decisions difficult. We present a multidisciplinary phylogenetic analysis of Propithecus supporting the elevation of 4 subspecies to specific status: P. diadema perrieri → P. perrieri, P. diadema candidus → P. candidus, P. diadema edwardsi → P. edwardsi, and P. verreauxi coquereli→P. coquereli; leaving P. diademadiadema as P. diadema and P. verreauxiverreauxi as P. verreauxi. 

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  • Biology, Environmental Science
    International Journal of Primatology
  • 2007
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    International Journal of Primatology
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