Mephitis mephitis (Schreber, 1776)

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

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https://treatment.plazi.org/id/A53C87A6-FF90-FFA7-FF3F-AF45FC9BFF1B

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Marcus

scientific name

Mephitis mephitis (Schreber, 1776)
status

 

Mephitis mephitis (Schreber, 1776)

Striped Skunk

Figure 3C

Material examined. MEXICO – Chihuahua • 3; Municipality of Namiquipa ; 28°46′42″N, 107°27′45″W; elevation 2,170 m a.s.l.; 13 October 2018; obs. F. Álvarez-Córdova GoogleMaps 4; Municipality of Namiquipa ; 28°47′49″N, 107° 29′02″W; elevation 2,107 m a.s.l.; 21-22 December 2018; obs. F. Álvarez-Córdova GoogleMaps 11; Municipality of Namiquipa ; 28°52’49”N, 107°27’08”W; elevation 1,876 m a.s.l.; 10 January 2019; obs. F. Álvarez-Córdova; UACH-CF-8158-8175 GoogleMaps .

Identification. Mephitis mephitis can be distinguished from other skunks in the area by the conspicuous white stripe running dorsally from head to tail. The stripe begins as a single white hair spot on the head and divides into two thinner stripes ( Wade-Smith and Verts 1982).

Distribution. Canada, most of the USA, and northern Mexico ( Wade-Smith and Verts 1982). Recorded habitats in Chihuahua are sierras, valleys and arid.

Remarks. Striped Skunk is widely distributed in the state ( López-González and García-Mendoza 2012) and

is absent only in quebradas where only Hooded Skunk occurs.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Carnivora

Family

Mephitidae

Genus

Mephitis