- n Spilogale a genus of Mustelidae
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n spilogale A genus of American skunks, differing from Mephitis in certain cranial characters. The skull is depressed, with highly arched zygomata, well-developed postorbital and slight mastoid processes, and peculiarly bullous periotic region. S. putorius, formerly Mephitis bicolor, is the little striped or spotted skunk of the United States. It is black or blackish, with numerous white stripes and spots in endless diversity of detail. The length is scarcely 12 inches without the tail, which is shorter than the rest of the animal. The genus was named by J. E. Gray in 1865. See cut in next column.