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Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat

Distribution

Madagascar (from Andriaholinirina et al. 2014 unless otherwise noted)

  • Broadest distribution of any living lemur (Mittermeier et al. 2010)
  • Present in fragmented pockets across nearly all coastal areas
    • Concentrated in eastern, northern and central-western portions of the island

Introduced populations

  • Established on 2 islands off Madagascar's coast
    • Nosy Mangabe in the Bay of Antongil
    • Ile Roger, also known as "Aye-aye Island"

Habitat

Forest inhabitants (from Schwitzer et al. 2013)

  • Preferred forest types
    • Found in rainforest, deciduous forest, littoral forest, and mature and degraded secondary forest
    • Not found in spiny forest; historically home to the now extinct giant aye-aye species

Other habitat associations (from Schwitzer et al. 2013)

  • Take advantage of agricultural land 
    • Sugar cane, coconut, and clove plantations
  • Associated with ramy trees, though not exclusively (Canarium spp.) (Mittermeier et al. 2010)
  • Enter mangrove swamps and dry scrub forest

 

Adaptable (from Schwitzer et al. 2013)

  • Present across a broad range of climates
    • Distributional range experiences marked variation in temperature and rainfall patterns

Elevation range

  • 0-1,875 m (6,152 ft) (Andriaholinirina et al. 2014)

 

Distribution Map

map of Aye-Aye distribution

Aye-aye distribution.

Adapted from www-d.-maps.com according to IUCN fact sheet. Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN).

Page Citations

Andriaholinirina et al. (2014)
Mittermeier et al. (2010)
Schwitzer et al. (2013)

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