TAXONOMY

Planigale ingrami (Thomas, 1906), Alexandria, Northern Territory, Australia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Northern planigale.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 2.2–2.6 in (55–65 mm). Smallest of the planigales and the smallest marsupial with very flat head and skinny tail longer than head and physique.

DISTRIBUTION

Northern Australia.

HABITAT

Seasonally flooded grasslands and savanna woodlands.

BEHAVIOR

Forages and rests in crevices in moist, contracting (cracking) soils, underneath rocks, and in tussocks. Planigales could have developed the very flat head to occupy the area of interest of foraging in seasonally flooded cracking soils.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Rapacious urge for food; bugs, lizards, and even younger mammals virtually as massive as itself. Larger bugs are killed by persistent biting.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Probably promiscuous. Breeding all through 12 months however concentrated in late summer time. Four to eight younger.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Lower Risk. Difficult to research on account of minute dimension. No correct evaluation of populations.