Bunopithecus is an extinct genus of primate represented by one species, Bunopithecus sericus, a gibbon or gibbon-like ape. Its remains were first discovered in Sichuan, China, in strata from the Middle Pleistocene.[1]

Temporal range: Middle Pleistocene
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Hylobatidae
Genus: Bunopithecus
Matthew & Granger, 1923
B. sericus
Binomial name
Bunopithecus sericus

Although the three hoolock gibbon species were once included in the genus Bunopithecus, they have recently been removed and B. sericus remains as the only known species of this genus.[1]


  1. ^ a b Mootnick, A.; Groves, C. P. (2005). "A new generic name for the hoolock gibbon (Hylobatidae)" (PDF). International Journal of Primatology. 26 (26): 971–976. doi:10.1007/s10764-005-5332-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-27.