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New Records for the Eastern Spotted Skunk in Oklahoma

Jack D. Tyler
Department of Biology, Cameron University, Lawton, OK 73505

Received: 1994 Mar 16; Revised: 1994 Apr 20

Several additional records of occurrence of the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) have been documented since 1980 when Tyler and Lodes (1) studied its distributional status. Some of these were listed by Caire, et al. (2), but others have not been published. In addition, certain historical records that had not been uncovered or that were unavailable in 1980 are now known (3-6). Records in Table 1 [Page 49, Page 50]are listed alphabetically by county. This information enhances our historical knowledge and updates the known distribution of the eastern spotted skunk in Oklahoma.

In Table 1 these abbreviations for various museums are used:

CNHM = Chicago Natural History Museum;
CUMZ = Cameron University Museum of Zoology, Lawton, OK;
KUMNH = Kansas University Museum of Natural History, Lawrence;
MCZ = Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA;
OAM = Oklahoma A&M College, Stillwater;
USNM = United States National Museum, Washington, D.C.


1.   Tyler, J.D., and Lodes, M.J., Distributional status of the eastern spotted skunk, Spilogale putorius interrupta, in Oklahoma. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 60, 102-104 (1980).

2.   Caire, W., Tyler, J.D., Glass, B.P., and Mares, M.A., Mammals of Oklahoma. Univ. Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1989.

3.   Jackson, H.H.T., and Warfel, H.E., Notes on the occurrence of mammals in the regions adjacent to the Salt Plains of northwestern Oklahoma. Publ. Univ. Oklahoma Biol. Surv. 5(4), 68 (1933).

4.   Van Gelder, R.G., Taxonomic revision of the spotted skunks (genus Spilogale). Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 117, Art. 5, pp. 278-279, 1959.

5.   King, O.M., A list of mammals collected in west central Oklahoma. Proc. Okla. Acad. Sci. 37, 52 (1959).

6.   Elliot, D.G., List of mammals from Oklahoma and Indian Territories. Field Colomb. Mus. Zool. Ser. 1, 16, 302 (1899).

7.   Bartnicki, E.A., Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge Ann. Narr. Rept., U.S. Fish & Wildl. Serv., Indiahoma, Oklahoma, 1971.

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