Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 493–499

Some chemical constituents of the scent of the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

  • Kenneth K. Andersen
  • David T. Bernstein

DOI: 10.1007/BF00988589

Cite this article as:
Andersen, K.K. & Bernstein, D.T. J Chem Ecol (1975) 1: 493. doi:10.1007/BF00988589


The malodorous, volatile portion of the scent or musk of the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) containstrans-2-butene-1-thiol, 3-methyl-1-butanethiol, andtrans-2-butenyl methyl disulfide but no 1- butanethiol.

Key words

skunk musk thiols disulfides musteiidae Mephitis mephitis trans-2-butene-1-thiol 3-methyl-1-butanethiol trans-2-butenyl methyl disulphide 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth K. Andersen
    • 1
  • David T. Bernstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of New HampshireDurham

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