Mephitis (genus)


Mephitis (genus)
Mephitis
Striped skunk
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mephitidae
Genus: Mephitis
É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Cuvier, 1795
Species

Mephitis mephitis
Mephitis macroura

Mephitis ranges

The genus Mephitis is one of several genera of skunks, which has two species and a North American distribution.


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  • Mephitis macroura — noun of Mexico and southernmost parts of southwestern United States • Syn: ↑hooded skunk • Hypernyms: ↑skunk, ↑polecat, ↑wood pussy • Member Holonyms: ↑Mephitis, ↑genus Mephitis …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mephitis — Me*phi tis, n. [L. mephitis : cf. F. m[ e]phitis.] 1. Noxious, pestilential, or foul exhalations from decomposing substances, filth, or other source. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of mammals, including the skunks. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • striped skunk — noun most common and widespread North American skunk • Syn: ↑Mephitis mephitis • Hypernyms: ↑skunk, ↑polecat, ↑wood pussy • Member Holonyms: ↑Mephitis, ↑genus Mephitis …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Mustelidae — noun weasels; polecats; ferrets; minks; fishers; otters; badgers; skunks; wolverines; martens • Syn: ↑Mustelidae • Hypernyms: ↑mammal family • Member Holonyms: ↑Carnivora, ↑order Carnivora …   Useful english dictionary


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