Mephitis macroura (Lichtenstein, 1832)

Álvarez-Córdova, Fernando & Fernández, Jesús A., 2021, Medium-sized and large mammals of the pine-oak forests and grasslands of the Rancho Experimental Teseachi in Chihuahua, Mexico, Check List 17 (2), pp. 669-681 : 678

publication ID

https://doi.org/ 10.15560/17.2.669

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/A53C87A6-FF90-FFA7-FF3F-AB38FEB8FADB

treatment provided by

Marcus

scientific name

Mephitis macroura (Lichtenstein, 1832)
status

 

Mephitis macroura (Lichtenstein, 1832)

Hooded Skunk

Figure 3B

Material examined. MEXICO – Chihuahua • 3; Municipality of Namiquipa ; 28°46′42″N, 107°27′45″W; elevation 2,170 m a.s.l.; 19 May 2018; obs. F. Álvarez- Córdova GoogleMaps 9; Municipality of Namiquipa ; 28°47′18″N, 107°28′36″W; elevation 2,121 m a.s.l.; 28 September 2019; obs. F. Álvarez-Córdova GoogleMaps 3; Municipality of Namiquipa ; 28°47′30″N, 107°28′49″W; elevation 2,124 m a.s.l.; 8 Oc- tober 2018; obs. F. Álvarez-Córdova GoogleMaps 6; Municipality of Namiquipa ; 28°47′49″N, 107°29′02″W; elevation 2,107 m a.s.l.; 7-8 October 2019; obs. F. Álvarez-Córdova GoogleMaps 3; Municipality of Namiquipa ; 28°52’49”N, 107°27’08”W; elevation 1,876 m a.s.l.; 8 October 2018; obs. F. Álvarez- Córdova; UACH-CF-8134-8157 GoogleMaps .

Identification. This species is very similar to Mephitis mephitis (Schreber, 1766) ; however, it differs in having a lon- ger and softer fur with hair forming a hood-like structure on the dorsal part of the neck ( Hwang and Larivière 2001).

Distribution. Southwestern USA through most of Mexico (but not in Baja California) to northern Nicaragua ( Hwang and Larivière 2001). Recorded habitats in Chihuahua are quebradas, sierras, valleys, and arid lands.

Remarks. This is one of the two species of skunk in Chihuahua belonging to the genus Mephitis É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Cuvier, 1795 ( López-González and García-Mendoza 2012). It occurs in every ecological region of the state.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Carnivora

Family

Mephitidae

Genus

Mephitis