Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)
Describer (Date): Gmelin (1788)
Suborder: Strepsirrhini (prosimians)
Superfamily: Lemuroidae (Malagasy lemurs)
Species: Daubentonia madagascariensis — aye-aye
Male: c. 2.62 kg (5.8 lb)
Female: c. 2.57 kg (5.7 lb)
Head & Body Length: 30-37 cm (12-15 in)
Tail Length: 44-53 cm (17-21 in)
Pelage: Dark brown or black fur, tipped in white. Tail monochromatic, long and bushy.
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
Range: Madagascar. Concentrated in eastern, northern, and central-western regions; fragmented pockets in nearly all coastal areas.
|Locomotion: Walk, run, climb, and leap. Most often move within the forest canopy, though commonly observed on the ground .
Activity Cycle: Nocturnal. Feed and travel at night; by day, rest in nests located in trees.
Social Groups: Solitary most often.
Diet: Omnivores. Seeds, nectar, cankers, and insect larvae compose 90% of the diet.
Predators: Humans believed responsible for most mortality. Fossa. Snakes and raptors may prey on infants and young.
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
|Sexual Maturity: 8-36 months of age
Gestation: 158-172 days; mean of 167 days
Litter Size: 1
Birth weight: 90-140 g (3.2- 4.9 oz)
Age at Weaning: 6-7 months of age
Longevity: >20 years, in managed care
© 2014-2020 San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Updated November 2014. Population status updated 2018. IUCN Status updated Oct 2020.
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