This little guy’s Latin name really is: Micromys minutus
An adult may weigh as little as 4 grams (0.14 oz
Thats another one in my switchblade gang!
Andy Warhol, Knives, 1981
Currently at Fifty24SF in San Francisco, California is street artist Nychos’s solo show, “Street Anatomy.” The show features a series of the Austria based artist’s world renown, split open subjects where their insides are displayed in full anatomical glory. Along with the show Nychos put up several murals around the Bay Area. You can see more images of Nychos at work as well as work from the show below:
My, long fingers you have! These awesome elongated digits belong to an Aye-aye, a species of lemur native (like all lemurs) to the island of Madagascar, off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean.
Aye-ayes are the world’s largest nocturnal primate and they use their spectacularly long middle fingers, not to make equally spectacular rude gestures, but to find food:
The aye-aye taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood using its forward slanting incisors to create a small hole in which it inserts its narrow middle finger to pull the grubs out. This foraging method is called percussive foraging.
The only other animal species 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.
Head over to Wired to learn lots more about the awesome and unusual aye-aye.
Photos by Ed Louis.
A-Frame in Big Sur, CA.
Contributed by Dave Smooth.