The Aye-aye (Dauebntoniidae family) of Madagascar
The Aye-aye is one of the world's most bizarre creatures with its long twig-like middle finger, huge eyes, rat-like teeth, and large bat-like ears. This nocturnal lemur, first classified as a rodent, uses its long middle finger as a tool for finding insects. After tapping the tree bark, it uses its sensitive hearing to detect the movement of insect larvae. Studies have found that the aye-aye is capable of sensing insect movement at a depth of 12 feet.
Sadly this odd creature is endangered by both habitat destruction in northeastern Madagascar and widespread persecution by native Malagasy as an harbinger of bad luck.
|Family||Common name||Scientific name||Local name||Active||Pictures|
|Daubentoniidae||Aye-aye||Daubentonia madagascariensis||Aye-aye, Ahay, Itay-hay, Aiay||Nocturnal|
Duke University's Lemur taxa - includes extinct lemur species