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What is the difference between a skunk and a mink?


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Answered 2010-07-10 22:43:47

Skunks best known for their ability to excrete a strong, foul-smelling odor, belong to the family Mephitidae. Skunks were formerly classified as a subfamily within the family Mustelidae, which includes weasels, otters, badgers, and relatives. However, recent genetic evidence suggests that the skunks are not as closely related to the mustelids as previously thought, and are now classified in their own family.

The Mink is a member of the Mustelidae family (or Weasels) and is related to the stoats, otters, weasels and ferrets.

The Skunk belongs to the family Mephitidae and the order Carnivora which does not include rodentia. They are sometimes placed in the family Mustelidae (weasels) but have been discovered to be less related than was thought.

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