- found: ITIS, Feb. 4, 2004 (Family Mephitidae Bonaparte, 1845 - skunks, Suborder Caniformia, Order Carnivora. Synonyms: Mephitinae. Direct children: Conepatus - hog-nosed skunks, Mephitis - hooded skunks, striped skunks, Spilogale - spotted skunks)
- found: North American mammals web site, via Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History home page, Feb. 4, 2004 (Mephitidae. Skunks have only recently become recognized as a separate mammal family. In the past, they were usually classified with weasels and these two families - Mustelidae and Mephitidae - are surely closely related.)
- found: Revised checklist of North American mammals north of Mexico, 2003, via WWW (PDF), Feb. 4, 2004: p. 15 (Family Mephitidae - Skunks)
- 2004-02-04: new
- 2006-04-05: revised
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