(1993) and two additional Cytb sequences of hooded skunk downloaded from GenBank (GenBank Accession numbers L27301, DQ471833, and DQ471840, respectively).
The resulting topology (not shown) indicated that the three samples of hooded skunk formed a monophyletic clade to the exclusion of the other mephitid species.
Further, a Kimura 2-parameter model of evolution (Kimura 1980) indicated that the hooded skunk sequence from Dragoo et al.
Hwang and Lariviere (2001) indicated that the hooded skunk is a common resident within its range in Mexico, where its density has been estimated at nine individuals per [km.sup.2] (Pacheco 2014), and is able to survive in human-altered habitats such as cultivated fields, pastures and suburban areas.
Regarding its conservation status, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) lists the hooded skunk as a species of 'least concern.' The justification for its conservation status, as stated within the assessment compiled by Cuaron et al.
However, the status of the hooded skunk in Texas at the present time is uncertain.
The hooded skunk currently is not listed by state or federal agencies as either threatened or endangered, but probably warrants some form of protection, at least within the part of its range that occurs in the United States (Schmidly & Bradley 2016).
Hooded Skunk. Available: http://dx.doi.Org/10.2305/IUNC.UK.2016-1 RLTS.T41634A45211135.en (Accessed Sept.
In North America, hooded skunks primarily are known from Mexico (Hwang and Lariviere 2001), but also have been reported from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas within the United States.
mephitis), hooded skunks may be distinguished by a distinct tuft of longer hairs present on the back of the neck and head.