Aye ayes are native to Madagascar has a unique thin middle finger and rat like teeth. It is a type of lemur and the world’s largest nocturnal primate.
It has an exclusive way of gathering food, in which it taps the trees to find hollow chambers, which they chew into with their front teeth to find little bits of food, and finally uses its thin middle finger to scoop out the grubs.
Zoologists and naturalists have long debated as to which family the Aye aye belongs. Some feel that because of its front rat like teeth, it belongs to the rodent family. Others feel that he belongs in the lemur family. But dissections reveal they have a similar bone structure to rodents, although their taxonomy is still widely debated
They feed on seeds, fungi, nectar, insect larvae, nuts, and animal matter. Cerambycid beetles are a special favorite of theirs’.
They spend about 30 minutes before and 3 hours after sunset foraging. They spend more than 80% of the night doing so, with the occasional rest. He is able to jump from tree to tree like a squirrel, but finds horizontal movement difficult.
They are essentially solitary animals and even foraging is an individual activity, although there are times that they get together in groups. During these expeditions, they communicate using scent signals and vocalizations.
Their adaptation to the environment is based on their unique style of feeding and highly dexterous middle finger.