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Conepatus leuconotus (Carnivora: Mephitidae)

Jerry W. Dragoo and Steven R. Sheffield
Mammalian Species
No. 827 (Feb. 26, 2009), pp. 1-8
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Conepatus leuconotus (Carnivora: Mephitidae)
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Abstract Conepatus leuconotus (Lichtenstein, 1832) is a mephitid commonly called the white-backed or American hognosed skunk. It is a sexually dimorphic species with a single white stripe along the back, and is 1 of 4 species in the genus Conepatus. It has been reported as far north as Colorado and throughout the southwestern United States including southern Arizona, NewMexico, and Texas. The species occurs throughoutMexico and as far south as northern Costa Rica. It has been reported in a variety of habitats from canyons, stream sides, rocky terrain, various grasslands, tropical areas, mountains, and coastal plains. Several populations have been extirpated and others may be declining throughout the range.

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