Conepatus leuconotus ssp. telmalestes Bailey

Big Thicket Hog-nosed Skunk (Conepatus leuconotus ssp. telmalestes)

The Big Ticket Hog-nosed Skunk is a subspecies of the widespread American Hog-nosed Skunk (Conepatus leuconotus (Lichtenstein)) that apparently was restricted to a small region in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas, USA.

This subspecies, however, might in fact not be valid; another subspecies, once thought to be extinct, the Furnace Canyon Hog-nosed Skunk (Conepatus leuconotus ssp. figginisi Miller) has been merged with another subspecies that still exists, but is likewise most likely not valid at all.


Until the taxonomical situation is cleared, the species will be mentioned here for the sake of completeness. 


Photo: Joel Gilb


edited: 19.08.2022