Western gorilla

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Western gorilla[1]
Male at Melbourne Zoo
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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

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Western gorilla range

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

References[change | change source]

  1. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds) (ed.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 181–182. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  2. Maisels, F.; Bergl, R. A.; Williamson, E. A. (2016). "Gorilla gorilla". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) 2016: e.T9404A17963949. http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/9404/0. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  3. Planet Of No Apes? Experts Warn It's Close CBS News Online, 12 September 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  4. "Animal Info – Gorilla". AnimalInfo.org. Retrieved 12 September 2007.