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Fairy tale witch?![edit]

What is up with that? What does that mean?

Much like other primates, it possesses opposable thumbs, but both the hallux and the fingers are long and thin, and appear to be in a curved position somewhat similar to that of a fairy-tale witch when the muscles are relaxed.

brain 21:57, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Aye-Aye a species of Lemur?[edit]

there is no mention on the article about the Aye-Aye being a lemur.......even if it is only "thought" to be one (i.e. scientist's are debating about what it's related to)

Inconsistent capitalisation[edit]

The capitalisation of the name in this article is inconsistent. As the common name of an animal, shouldn't it always be spelt "aye-aye"? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:28, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

No. See the Primates WikiProject. - UtherSRG (talk) 16:45, 5 December 2007 (UTC)


I really like this page, how would I recommend it for article of the day? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Matt512 (talkcontribs) 09:27, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

echo location[edit]

Just saw on eggheads that aye-ayes are the only mamal to catch their prey using echo location. Can't see any info on this on the world wide web. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:16, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Sounds like total nonsense. Bats and dolphins are both mammals and use echolocation to hunt.Sbwoodside (talk) 22:01, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
Eggheads keeps erroneously attributing that to random mammals. Game shows tends to not be very encyclopedic. (talk) 22:48, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

Uh. Naval terms?[edit]

Marines and sailors say "aye-aye" (or simply "aye") in acknowledgement of a given order. I was a bit surprised to find this article instead of a disambiguation page when I clicked on the link from List_of_U.S._Marine_Corps_acronyms_and_expressions#A. -- Cuervo, not logged in (talk) 03:37, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

Maybe you should create a page for the saying, aye (yes) is a redirect to yes if you wanted to start there. Jack (talk) 11:53, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

endangered Aye Aye[edit]

According to most WEB data I found, there are about 1000 to 2000 Aye Ayes living today, so declaring the species as only "Near Threatened" seems to be inaccurate. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:53, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

In the past, the Aye-aye was considered more rare and was a poorly understood animal. More recently, it has been found in many places on the island, and is now considered one of the more widely distributed of the indigenous primate species. Its numbers are not high at any location and it's in the decline due to habitat degradation and loss. According to the IUCN (link found in the page's references):
Of course, we can only report how the IUCN assesses its status. They are the primary authority. –Visionholder (talk) 16:14, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

Re-classification discussion[edit]

I am preparing to adjust the classification of this species per numerous sources. Please join the discussion on the WP:PRIMATE discussion page before I make any changes. –Visionholder (talk) 23:42, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

Re-write still coming...[edit]

I had planned to re-write this article in December 2011, but circumstances thwarted the effort. I have been making plans since, but other articles have emerged as priorities, and now I have an important essay to write for an academic journal. To anyone following my edit comments promising an upcoming re-write, it is still a priority for this year. I plan to resume once I finish the toothcomb article, the grooming claw article, my essay, and another etymology publication for Lemur News. Following this article, I plan to shift gears and finish all the subfossil lemur articles. After that (and probably in 2013... maybe earlier), I plan to re-write some of the most noteworthy lemur articles as well as the more general family articles. Sorry for the delays. – Maky « talk » 06:40, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Unsigned - The article lacks a physical description of this animal. (talk) 02:17, 27 May 2012 (UTC)Unsigned
Yes, the article lacks a lot of things. I will try to get to it soon. I have been side-tracked by a major research article I am trying to publish. Sorry for the delays. – Maky « talk » 02:46, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

References in the infobox title[edit]

In the infobox title, two references are cited. Does anyone know why these are there?__DrChrissy (talk) 18:03, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

I think it originally started with a tendency to point articles to Groves taxonomic work, which (early in my editing career) I augmented by pointing to a more updated book. They don't need to be there, and I'll remove them. – Maky « talk » 18:53, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

Taxobox image[edit]

I added a hi res photo (close up of the head) instead of an old, low-res black/white drawing to the taxobox and was reverted. It seems to be generally agreed that photos of live, wild animals are preferred in the taxobox over drawings. The rationale was that it showed the whole animal, but I don't see why that should trump an actual photo. Here's a photo where almost as much is seen of the animal.[1] Any thoughts? FunkMonk (talk) 16:29, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Hi. I was the one that reverted the previous photo. I felt it was such a close-up that it was more of a portrait and perhaps not terribly helpful to readers considering the unusual nature of this animal. The image in your edit above is fine in my opinion and shows the digits very well. Thanks for sourcing this.DrChrissy (talk) 17:36, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
I just found some new photos on Flickr that are not on Commons, what do you think?[2][3] FunkMonk (talk) 07:12, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm afraid I am not keen on these as they show only the head and forelimbs. But looking forward to hearing other comments.DrChrissy (talk) 11:33, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, you can see the big bushy tail hanging to the right, so the only thing you can't see is the feet, actually. And you can actually see the toes of one foot if you look closely. So it shows almost as much as the old drawing, and it's a photo of a live, wild animal. FunkMonk (talk) 19:46, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

3rd or 4th digit?[edit]

In the prologue it is clearly mentioned that the animal uses it's 3rd digit to pull the grubs out. Strangely, in main text, the 4th digit is mentioned for the same function. I do believe that the last one is wrong, because the longest digit is the 3rd, not the 4th!

Looking carefully at the photo in the text, one can see that the 4th digit is the longest one, but the problem remains. Which finger is used to extract larvae?

Note: There appears to be reports of them having 6 digits... [1] Mit (talk) 18:59, 21 October 2019 (UTC)mitayai

As can be seen here[4], it isn't a finger, just a short stub on the wrist. FunkMonk (talk) 07:29, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

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Why is this link blacklisted here?[edit]

I tried to add a link to an abstract that I found for one of this article's references (!-its-an-aye-aye-The-right-stuff.html), but this link is included in Wikipedia's spam blacklist. Why does Wikipedia not allow links to this website? Jarble (talk) 19:54, 8 July 2019 (UTC)