Spilogale angustifrons 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Mephitidae

Scientific Name: Spilogale angustifrons Howell, 1902
Common Name(s):
English Southern Spotted Skunk
Taxonomic Notes: Owen et al. (1996) examined the karyotypes of two each of S. putorius interrupta and S. putorius tropicalis, the results of which Wozencraft (2005) stated supported the recognition of S. angustifrons (containing tropicalis) as a species distinct from S. putorius (containing interrupta). This treatment was followed by Dragoo (2009).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-03-01
Assessor(s): Helgen, K., Reid, F. & Timm, R.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W.
This species is listed as Least Concern in light of its large distribution, presumed large populations and its adaptability to a variety of human disturbances.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs from central Mexico south to central Costa Rica (Walker 1964).
Countries occurrence:
Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):3000
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Population [top]

Population:The Southern Spotted Skunk is "uncommon but widespread in farmland, open woodland, and brush; open in dry, rocky areas" (Reid 1997). The species is common in Pacific coastal areas of Costa Rica (F. Reid pers. comm. 2008, J.F. González-Maya pers. comm. 2015).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is nocturnal, mainly terrestrial (but climbs well), and omnivorous - feeding on insects, small mammals, fruit, grain, birds and bird eggs (Reid 1997). The species occurs from lowlands to 3,000 m (Reid 1997).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat conversion to monoculture, fires and road building are localized minor threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in numerous protected areas.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.5. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
0. Root -> 6. Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks)
14. Artificial/Terrestrial -> 14.2. Artificial/Terrestrial - Pastureland

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Bibliography [top]

Dragoo, J.W. 2009. Family Mephitidae (skunks). In: D.E. Wilson and R.A. Mittermeier (eds), Handbook of the mammals of the world. Volume 1, Carnivores., pp. 532-563. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Dragoo, J.W. and Honeycutt, L. 1997. Systematics of mustelid-like carnivores. Journal of Mammalogy 78: 426-443.

IUCN. 2016. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-1. Available at: (Accessed: 30 June 2016).

Owen, J.G., Baker, R.J. and Williams, S.L. 1996. Karyotypic variation in spotted skunks (Carnivora: Mustelidae: Spilogale) from Texas, Mexico and El Salvador. Texas Journal of Science 48: 119–122.

Reid, F.A. 1997. A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico. Oxford University Press, New York.

Walker, E. P. 1964. Mammals of the World. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Wozencraft, W.C. 2005. Order Carnivora. In: D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third Edition, pp. 532-628. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Citation: Helgen, K., Reid, F. & Timm, R. 2016. Spilogale angustifrons. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136636A45221538. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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