The gibbons: new perspectives on small ape socioecology and population biology

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This edited volume grew out of the symposium "Wild gibbons as members of populations: new perspectives on small ape socioecology, phylogeography, and conservation" organized by Susan Lappan and Danielle J. Whittaker and held at the International Primatological Society Congress in Torino, Italy, in August 2004. Buy it on Amazon!

The Mentawai Islands

Photo of Danielle on North Pagai Island

My doctoral dissertation work focused on the endangered Kloss's gibbon, one of several endemic primate species found only in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. I collected fecal DNA to determine the phylogenetic relationships of this species within the gibbon family, and also to test whether the populations on different islands had diverged genetically. I evaluated the conservation status for all four Mentawai primate species and published a conservation action plan. I assessed the conservation status of these species at the 2006 Asian Primate Red List workshop and their status has been updated in the IUCN Red List.

Map of Mentawai Islands, Indonesia


Publications on Primates

Danielle with infant Kloss's gibbon

  • Lappan, S. and D. J. Whittaker, eds. 2009. The Gibbons: New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology. New York: Springer.
  • Whittaker, D. J. 2009. Phylogeography of Kloss’s gibbon (Hylobates klossii) populations and implications for conservation planning in the Mentawai Islands. In The Gibbons: New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology, ed. S. Lappan and D. J. Whittaker. New York: Springer, pp. 73-89.
  • Whittaker, D. J. and S. Lappan. 2009. The diversity of small apes and the importance of population-level studies. In The Gibbons: New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology, ed. S. Lappan and D. J. Whittaker. New York: Springer, pp. 3-10.
  • Whittaker, D. J. 2009. Saving the small apes: Conservation assessment of gibbon species at the 2006 Asian Primate Red List Workshop. In The Gibbons: New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology, ed. S. Lappan and D. J. Whittaker. New York: Springer, pp. 497-499.
  • Whittaker, D. J., J. C. Morales, D. J. Melnick. 2007. Resolution of the Hylobates phylogeny: Congruence of mitochondrial D-loop sequences with molecular, behavioral, and morphological datasets. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45(2): 620-628.
  • Whittaker, D. J. 2006. Conservation action plan for the Mentawai primates. Primate Conservation 20: 95-106.
  • Whittaker, D. J., N. Ting, D. J. Melnick. 2006. Molecular phylogenetic affinities of the simakobu monkey (Simias concolor). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39: 887-892.
  • Whittaker, D. J. 2005. New population estimates for the endemic Kloss’s gibbon Hylobates klossii on the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Oryx 39(4): 458-461.