Western gorilla

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Western gorilla[1]
Male at Melbourne Zoo
Female with infant at the Bronx Zoo
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Genus: Gorilla
G. gorilla
Binomial name
Gorilla gorilla
(Savage, 1847)

G. g. gorilla
G. g. diehli

Western gorilla range

The western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) is a great ape, closely related to chimpanzees, orangutans and humans. They are the type species as well as the most populous species of the genus Gorilla.[3] Nearly all of the individuals of this taxon belong to the western lowland gorilla subspecies.[4] The other subspecies are the Cross River gorilla.

Western lowland gorillas are generally lighter colored than eastern gorillas. Western lowland gorillas have black, dark grey or dark brown-grey hair with a brownish forehead. Measurements of wild individuals show that mature males average 155 cm (61 in) in height.

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  1. Groves, Colin (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 181–182. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.
  2. Maisels, F.; Bergl, R. A.; Williamson, E. A. (2016). "Gorilla gorilla". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T9404A17963949. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  3. Planet Of No Apes? Experts Warn It's Close Archived 2012-10-25 at the Wayback Machine CBS News Online, 12 September 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  4. "Animal Info – Gorilla". AnimalInfo.org. Retrieved 12 September 2007.