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1. An offensive smell; a stench.
2. A poisonous or foul-smelling gas emitted from the earth.

[Latin mefītis, mephītis.]

me·phit′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
me·phit′i·cal·ly adv.
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(Environmental Science) a gaseous discharge, esp from the earth, with a foul or poisonous smell
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(məˈfaɪ tɪs)

1. a noxious exhalation from the earth, as poison gas.
2. any foul or poisonous stench.
[1700–10; < Latin mephītis]
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a rank or foul smell, especially one rising from the earth, as from a swamp. — mephitic, mephitical, adj.
See also: Odors
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mephitis - a poisonous or foul smelling gas emitted from the earth
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
2.mephitis - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasantmephitis - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell, odor - the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"
niff, pong - an unpleasant smell
3.mephitis - in some classifications: type genus of the subfamily MephitinaeMephitis - in some classifications: type genus of the subfamily Mephitinae
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
family Mustelidae, Mustelidae - weasels; polecats; ferrets; minks; fishers; otters; badgers; skunks; wolverines; martens
Mephitis mephitis, striped skunk - most common and widespread North American skunk
hooded skunk, Mephitis macroura - of Mexico and southernmost parts of southwestern United States
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Factors recorded for Western Pond Turtle declines include the following: (1) habitat degradation in parts of its range (Pilliod and others 2013); (2) altered or eliminated stream habitat due to dam construction (Holland 1994); (3) spread of exotic competitors like the Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) (Spinks and others 2003; Kraus 2009; Global Invasive Species Database 2010); and (4) non-native and overabundant predators such as American Bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus), Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Raccoons (Procyon lotor), Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis), Black Rats (Rattus rattus), and Coyotes (Canis latrans) (Moyle 1973; Holland 1991a, 1994; Hays and others 1999).
For example gray wolves (Canis lupus) have adapted facial color patterns that allow group communication in darkness during attacks on prey (Asa and Harrington, 2003), and the white and black aposematic coloration on striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) deters predators by signaling their potential to spray offensive and potentially harmful fluids (Hunter, 2009).
New components in defensive secretion of the striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis.
No American mammal is better known and less popular than the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis).
Las especies de talla mediana y grande estan representadas por especies con valor comercial como el pecari de collar (Dycotyles angulatus Cope, 1889) y el venado cola blanca (Odocoileus virginianus Zimmermann, 1780), y por carnivoros como el puma (Puma concolor Linnaeus 1771), el tigrillo (Leopardus pardalis Linnaeus 1758), el coyote (Canis latrans Say 1822), la zorra gris (Urocyon cinereoargenteus Schreber 1775), el tlacuache (Didelphis virginiana Kerr, 1792), algunas especies de zorrillos (Mephitis macroura Lichtenstein 1832; Conepatus leuconotus Lichtenstein, 1832; Spilogale putorius Linnaeus, 1758) y el tejon (Nasua narica Linnaeus, 1766) (Perez et al., 1994; Estrada Portillo, 2010).
Quirk, "Effect of age and ration on diet-tissue isotopic (A13C, A15N) discrimination in striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis)," Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, vol.
Other frequent visitors were striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis; 3.4%), long-tailed weasel or stoat (Mustela frenata or M.
The hooded skunk (Mephitis macroura Lichtenstein, 1832) usually is found associated with "streamside courses where they prefer rocky ledges or tangles of streamside vegetation..." (Schmidly and Bradley 2016:251).
Our nonarmadillo photo set included raccoons (Procyon lotor), white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), groundhogs (Marmota monax), fox squirrels (Sciurus niger), eastern gray squirrels, elk (Cervus elaphus), turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo), Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana), gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), coyotes (Canis latrans), bobcats (Lynx rufus), eastern cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus), eastern chipmunks, brown rats (Rattus norvegicus), mice (Mus musculus and Peromyscus and Reithrodontomys species), southern flying squirrels (Glaucomys volans), striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis), and passerine birds.
The six most common taxa in the GA DNR report were Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana), cottontails, gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), raccoons (Procyon lotor), white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), and striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis).
Characterization of Toxoplasma gondii from raccoons (Procyon lotor) coyotes (Canis latrans) and striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) in Wisconsin identified several atypical genotypes.