Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 255–267

Phylogenetic relationships among the skunks: A molecular perspective

  • Jerry W. Dragoo
  • Robert D. Bradley
  • Rodney L. Honeycutt
  • Joe W. Templeton
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01041666

Cite this article as:
Dragoo, J.W., Bradley, R.D., Honeycutt, R.L. et al. J Mammal Evol (1993) 1: 255. doi:10.1007/BF01041666

Abstract

Phylogenetic relationships among the three recognized genera of skunks (Mephitis, Spilogale, andConepatus) were examined using allozymes and nucleotide sequence data from portions of the cytochromeb gene and displacement loop of the mitochondrial genome. The data sets indicated thatMephitis andSpilogale shared a common ancestor after they diverged fromConepatus. Intrageneric relationships revealed that the level of genetic divergence between the two species ofSpilogale was equal to the level of divergence between the two species ofMephitis, with the two North American species ofConepatus possessing the least amount of genetic divergence.

Key words

skunksMephitinaeMustelidaephylogeny

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry W. Dragoo
    • 1
  • Robert D. Bradley
    • 1
  • Rodney L. Honeycutt
    • 1
  • Joe W. Templeton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Wildlife and Fisheries SciencesTexas A&M UniversityCollege Station
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary PathologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege Station