Phylogenetic relationships among the three recognized genera of skunks (Mephitis, Spilogale, and Conepatus) were examined using allozymes and nucleotide sequence data from portions of the cytochrome b gene and displacement loop of the mitochondrial genome. The data sets indicated that Mephitis and Spilogale shared a common ancestor after they diverged from Conepatus. Intrageneric relationships revealed that the level of genetic divergence between the two species of Spilogale was equal to the level of divergence between the two species of Mephitis, with the two North American species of Conepatus possessing the least amount of genetic divergence.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of Mammalian Evolution|
|State||Published - Dec 1993|