Talk:Primates

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All i wanted to know is the difference between apes and monkeys (eg.monkeys have tails and apes do not.) I am certain its not that simple but if anyone cares to let me know........

gjparker59@yahoo.de thanks very much.
en:Ape gives more information. Ucucha (talk) 13:22, 22 September 2005 (UTC)

correct me if i'm wrong[edit]

but going through the order primates there are 69 families and 380 species instead of 68 and 379?? wan1one

Explanation[edit]

  • Strepsirrhini are primates such as lorises and lemurs.
  • Haplorrhini are tarsiers, apes (including humans), and monkeys.

Comments[edit]

Fully reviewed by Groves (2001c), whose arrangement is followed here, with the addition of some subsequently described species. McKenna and Bell (1997) placed all living Primates in a suborder Euprimates, and reduced Strepsirrhini and Haplorrhini to infraorders; they regarded the Dermoptera as a second suborder of Primates. If Dermoptera are retained as a separate order, as is done here, the need for Euprimates (in a classification of living taxa) disappears and Strepsirrhini and Haplorrhini revert to suborders.

Characteristics[edit]

The order Primates has 15 families, 68 genera and 379 species.


  Common Name Scientific Name Height Weight
Largest Western Gorilla Gorilla gorilla 1,80m 180 kg (400 lb)
Smallest Peters' Mouse Lemur Microcebus myoxinus 20 cm* 31g (0,068 lb)
* Including tail: body + head 6.2cm