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Encyclopedia > Aye aye

Conservation status: Endangered

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Daubentoniidae
Gray, 1863
Genus: Daubentonia
E. Geoffroy, 1795
Species: D. madagascariensis
Binomial name
Daubentonia madagascariensis
Gmelin, 1788

The Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth with a long, thin middle finger to fill the ecological niche of a woodpecker. It taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood and inserts its finger to pull the grubs out. The Aye-aye is the only extant species in the family Daubentoniidae and infraorder Chiromyiformes. A second species was exterminated over the last few centuries.


    • Suborder Strepsirrhini: non-tarsier prosimians
      • Infraorder Lemuriformes
      • Infraorder Chiromyiformes
        • Family Daubentoniidae: Aye-aye
          • Genus Daubentonia
            • Aye-aye, Daubentonia madagascariensis
            • (Daubentonia robusta, extinct)
      • Infraorder Loriformes



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