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Striped hog-nosed skunk

Striped hog-nosed skunk
Conepatus semistriatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mephitidae
Genus: Conepatus
Species: C. semistriatus
Binomial name
Conepatus semistriatus
(Boddaert, 1785)[2]
Striped hog-nosed skunk range
Skull

The striped hog-nosed skunk, Conepatus semistriatus, is a skunk species from Central and South America (from southern Mexico to northern Peru, and in the extreme east of Brazil). It lives in a wide range of habitats including dry forest scrub and occasionally, in rainforest.[3]

These white-backed skunks inhabit mainly the foothills and partly timbered or brushy sections of their general range. They usually avoid hot desert areas and heavy stands of timber. The largest populations occur in rocky, sparsely timbered areas.

It is a nocturnal solitary animal, feeding mainly on invertebrates, small vertebrates and fruits.[3]

References

  1. ^ Cuarón, A.D., Reid, F. & Helgen, K. (2008). Conepatus semistriatus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  2. ^ Boddaert P. 1785. Elenchus Animalium.
  3. ^ a b Emmons L. H. & Feer F. 1997 Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide.
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