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


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.

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This work is taken from the M.S. thesis of D.T.B., University of New Hampshire, 1974.

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Andersen, K.K., Bernstein, D.T. Some chemical constituents of the scent of the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis). J Chem Ecol 1, 493–499 (1975).

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Key words

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