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Vol. 62, No. 1-3, 1994
Issue release date: 1994
Section title: The Aye-Aye: Madagascar’s Most Puzzling Primate
Folia Primatol 1994;62:155–159
(DOI:10.1159/000156772)

Positional Behaviour in Captive Aye-Ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis)

Curtis D.J.a · Feistner A.T.C.b
aAnthropological Institute, University of Zürich, Switzerland; bJersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK

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Abstract of The Aye-Aye: Madagascar’s Most Puzzling Primate

Published online: September 16, 2008
Issue release date: 1994

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

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Abstract

The aye-aye shows numerous special features in its postcranial skeleton, partly in association with its unusual feeding habits and partly in association with locomotor specialisation connected with the possession of claws. This study examined the positional behaviour of 3 captive adult aye-ayes in order to throw light on these morphological specialisations. Locomotion was dominated by quadrupedal walking and climbing. Given the relatively large body size of aye-ayes, an unexpectedly high frequency of head-first descent was observed. This may provide an explanation for two characteristics of aye-ayes: robusticity of the shoulder girdle and high compressive and bending strengths of the humerus. Agile leaping was also observed, contrasting with previous reports that this species is characterised by slow, cautious movement. Specific morphological features that are shared with slow-moving lorisids may be attributable to a combination of frequent headfirst descent and postural suspension.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of The Aye-Aye: Madagascar’s Most Puzzling Primate

Published online: September 16, 2008
Issue release date: 1994

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


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