Palawan stink badger

Palawan stink badger

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SPECIES
Mydaus marchei
WEIGHT
2.5 kg
LENGTH
320-460 mm

The Palawan stink badger, or pantot, is a carnivoran of the western Philippines named for its resemblance to badgers, its powerful smell, and the largest island to which it is native, Palawan. Like all stink badgers, the Palawan stink badger was once thought to share a more recent common ancestor with badgers than with skunks. Recent genetic evidence, however, has led to their re-classification as one of the Mephitidae, the skunk family of mammals. It is the size of a large skunk or small badger, and uses its badger-like body to dig by night for invertebrates in open areas near patches of brush. While it lacks the whitish dorsal patches typical of its closest relatives, predators and hunters generally avoid the powerful noxious chemicals it can spray from the specialized anal glands characteristic of mephitids.

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References

1. Palawan stink badger Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palawan_stink_badger
2. Palawan stink badger on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/14055/45201420

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