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Aye-aye caramba! The Madagascar native is the world's largest nocturnal primate, and dwells predominantly in forest canopies. Not surprisingly, the Malagasy people
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“Ha! I like andrewjt's comment-- looks like a lemur struck by lightning!”
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The aye-aye is a rodent-looking lemur found in Madagascar. This has gotta be the ugliest lemur I've ever seen.  The scraps of hair and plastic-like ears kinda put me off.”
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The Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth with a long, thin middle finger to fill the same ecological niche as a woodpecker. It is the world's largest nocturnal primate, and is characterized by its unusual method of finding food; it taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood and inserts its elongated middle finger to pull the grubs out. The only other animals known to find food in this way is the Striped Possum. From an ecological point of view the Aye-aye fills the niche of a woodpecker as it is capable of penetrating wood to extract the invertebrates within.

Daubentonia is the only genus in the family Daubentoniidae. The Aye-aye is the only extant member of the genus (although it is currently classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN); a second species, Daubentonia robusta, appears to have become extinct at some point within the last 1000 years.
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