The skunks, formerly placed in the Family Mustelidae with weasels, otters, and badgers. The four genera in the Mephitidae are: Mephitis, including the striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis, and the hooded skunk M. macroura; Spilogale consisting of at least 3 species, S. putorius, the eastern spotted skunk, S. gracilis, the western spotted skunk, and S. pygmaea, the pygmy spotted skunk; Conepatus, containing C. leuconotus, the white-backed hog-nosed skunk, C. semistriatus, the striped hog-nosed skunk, C. chinga, the South American hog-nosed skunk, and C. humboldtii, the Patagonian hog-nosed skunk; and finally, the only non-American genus, Mydaus, the stink badgers, M. javanensis, the Sunda stink badger, and M. marchei, the Philippine stink badger.

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