Hog-Nosed Skunk


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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Hog-Nosed Skunk

 

(Conepatus suffocans), a mammal of the family Mustelidae. Conepatus suffocans has a body measuring approximately 40 cm in length and a very fluffy tail approximately 25 cm in length. It is black or dark brown in color, with a wide white stripe on the back of the head and along the back. It inhabits open areas in most of South America. A nocturnal animal, it feeds largely on beetles and their larvae. Conepatus suffocans bears an annual litter of two to five young. It is commercially valuable for its fur.

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When the MANOVA was conducted using only hog-nosed skunks for which we examined space-use patterns (n = 14), it revealed males were significantly larger than females ([F.sub.5,8] = 4.18; P = 0.036).
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During February 2005-November 2007, we searched for road-killed hog-nosed skunks in southern Texas.
Our research confirms persistence of populations of hog-nosed skunks in the Gulf Coast region of southern Texas and central Tamaulipas.
Schmidly for their long-term interest in hog-nosed skunks and for inspiring this research.
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