The Family Mephitidae is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Genus (10): Brachyopsigale · Brachyprotoma · Buisnictis · Conepatus · Martinogale · Mephitis · Mydaus · Osmotherium · Pliogale · Spilogale
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 105 species and subspecies in the Family Mephitidae.
Stink Badgers (Mydaus) are not true badgers, but a genus of mammals belonging to the skunk family, the Mephitidae. There are only two extant species - the Palawan stink badger (M. marchei), and the Sunda stink badger or Teledu (M. javanensis). They live only on western islands of the Malay Archipelago: Sumatra, Java, Borneo and (in the case of the Palawan stink badger) on the Philippine island of Palawan; as well as many other, smaller islands in the region. [more]
The genus Spilogale includes all skunks commonly known as spotted skunks and is composed of four different species: S. gracilis, S. putorius, S. pygmaea, S. angustifrons. Mammalogists consider S. gracilis and S. putorius different species because of differences in reproductive patterns, reproductive morphology, and chromosomal variation. However, interbreeding has never been falsified. The name Spilogale comes from the Greek word spilo, which means "spotted", and gale, which means "weasel". Putorius is the Latin word for "fetid odor". Gracilis is the Latin word for "slender". Several other names attributed to S. putorius include: civet cat, polecat, hydrophobian skunk, phoby skunk, phoby cat, tree skunk, weasel skunk, black marten, little spotted skunk, four-lined skunk, four-striped skunk, and sachet kitty. [more]
At least 30 species and subspecies belong to the Genus Spilogale.
More info about the Genus Spilogale may be found here.
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