Circadian and seasonal activity patterns of sympatric hog-nosed (Conepatus Leuconotus) and striped (Mephitis Mephitis) skunks

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Title: Circadian and seasonal activity patterns of sympatric hog-nosed (Conepatus Leuconotus) and striped (Mephitis Mephitis) skunks
Author: Cochran, Tyler
Abstract: Circadian and seasonal activity of sympatric hog -nosed (Conepatus leuconotus , n = 12 ) and striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis , n = 9 ) were monitored via activity -sensorequipped radiocollars from 15 October 2010 to 20 November 2011 in west -central Texas . Temperature , average and maximum wind speed , barometric pressure , dew point , moon phase , and time of sunset /sunrise were recorded to evaluate which factors influence skunk activity . Both species exhibited predominantly nocturnal activity patterns with some daytime activity across all seasons . Onset and cessation of activity was highly correlated with sunset and sunrise . Activity during the day was documented in both species for all seasons , and the greatest degree of daytime activity was found in hog -nosed skunks in the spring . Activity patterns were significantly different between species and seasons . Moon -phase , season , time before sunrise /sunset , environmental temperature , barometric pressure , and maximum windspeed were all shown to significantly impact skunk activity .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 .1 /30019
Date: 2012-08-10

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Cochran, Tyler Circadian and seasonal activity patterns of sympatric hog-nosed (Conepatus Leuconotus) and striped (Mephitis Mephitis) skunks. Master's thesis, Angelo State University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 .1 /30019 .

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