[Taxacom] mystery mammal

Tony Irwin tony.irwin at btinternet.com
Fri Feb 6 18:49:56 CST 2009

Hi Taxacomers
I hope someone familiar with S.American mammals may be able to help with
A colleague was in Peru a few years ago and took some pictures of a dead
mammal in the Cordillera Blanca well above 3,500
The body was nearly 2 feet long excluding tail, and the fur was entirely
I have provisionally identified it as a Hog-nosed Skunk (Conepatus sp.), but
was puzzled at the lack of any white markings.
Does anyone know if Conepatus can be all black?
I can send pictures to anyone who may be able to help.
Many thanks

Dr A.G.Irwin, Natural History Department, Castle Museum Study Centre,
Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich NR1 3JQ, England.
Tel:+44 1603 493642. E-mail: tony.irwin at btinternet.com

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