Plants consumed (Ancrenaz et al. 1994; Andriamasimanana 1994; Sterling 1994a, b)
Insects consumed (from Erickson 1995a unless otherwise noted)
Suspected food items
Feed on plant based items most often (Ancrenaz et al. 1994)
Daily caloric intake
Specialized fingers allow aye-ayes to access and eat many of their favorite foods. The middle finger drums on bark to locate subsurface cavities. After the teeth tear away the overlying wood, the finger is once again used; this time as a probe to dig out tasty larvae morsels.
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Ancrenaz et al. (1994)
Erickson (1995a, b)
Sterling (1994a, b)
Sterling and McCreless (2006)
Sterling et al. (1994)