Daubentonia madagascariensis (aye aye)

Daubentonia madagascariensis

Daubentonia madagascariensis, known as the aye aye, is a nocturnal primate found only on the island of Madagascar and is considered by many to be the strangest of all primates.

The aye aye is disadvantaged by its unusual and even sinister appearance and behaviour, such as:

  • huge, spidery-looking hands with a tapping bony finger
  • coarse black fur
  • bushy tail
  • bat like ears
  • widely spaced shining eyes
  • nocturnal habits

Species detail

  • Daubentonia madagascariensis
    Taxonomy

    The aye aye is the only surviving member of the family Daubentoniidae. Find out more about its extinct relatives.

  • Daubentonia madagascariensis
    Distribution

    The aye aye is native to Madagascar. It is difficult to spot, but find out where you might see it.

  • Daubentonia madagascariensis
    Biology


    Aye ayes have a bright shining eyes and a long thin bony finger. Find out more about this unique animal.

  • Daubentonia madagascariensis
    Behaviour

    Aye ayes use their thin, bony finger to extract insect larvae from trees. Find out more about this unusual behaviour and how these complex foraging techniques are passed on to the next generation.

  • Daubentonia madagascariensis
    Conservation

    The aye aye is threatened by more than habitat destruction. People associate it with bad luck - if sighted near a village, the aye aye is caught and killed. Find out more about the superstitions linked to this species.

  • Daubentonia madagascariensis X-ray
    References

    Get reference material for Daubentonia madagascariensis.

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Daubentonia madagascariensis

Daubentonia madagascariensis.

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Daubentonia madagascariensis.

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Daubentonia madagascariensis

Daubentonia madagascariensis.

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Daubentonia madagascariensis

Daubentonia madagascariensis.

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Daubentonia madagascariensis

Daubentonia madagascariensis.

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Daubentonia madagascariensis

Daubentonia madagascariensis.

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Daubentonia madagascariensis X-ray

Daubentonia madagascariensis X-ray.

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