Brachyprotoma obtusata Cope, 1899

Short-faced skunk



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Mephitis obtusata Cope, 1899; Mephitis obtusatus Cope, 1899; Brachyprotoma brevimala Heaton, 1985; Brachyprotoma pristina Brown, 1908; Brachyprotoma putorius Hay, 1923; Brachyprotoma spelaea Brown, 1908


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



North America


Biology & Ecology




USNM 12045






E. Anderson. 1996. 259-282

E. R. Hall. 1936. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 473(4)

Hay, O. P. (1923). The Pleistocene of North America and its vertebrated animals from the states east of the Mississippi River and from the Canadian provinces east of longitude 95[D]. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 32: 1-532.

Heaton, Timothy H. (1985). Quaternary palaeontology and palaeoecology of Crystal Ball Cave, Millard County, Utah: with emphasis on mammals and description of a new species of fossil skunk. The Great Basin Naturalist 45(3): 337-390.

B. Kurten and E. Anderson. 1980. Pleistocene mammals of North America, pp. 1-442

E. M. Mead and J. I. Mead. 1989. Snake Creek Burial Cave and a review of the Quaternary mustelids of the Great Basin. Great Basin Naturalist 49(2):143-154

Youngman, Phillip M. (1986). The extinct short-faced skunk Brachyprotoma obtusata (Mammalia, Carnivora): first records for Canada and Beringia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 23(3): 419-424. [Abstract]


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