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- proper noun A taxonomic
genuswithin the family Mephitidae— the stink badgers.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Five endemic mammal species are considered vulnerable, including Acerodon leucotis, the Palawan treeshrew (Tupaia palawanensis), the Palawan stink badger (Mydaus marchei), the Palawan binturong (Arctictis binturong whitei), and a Sunda tree squirrel (Sundasciurus rabori).
There are 11 species of skunks, which are divided into four genera: Mephitis (hooded and striped skunks, two species), Spilogale (spotted skunks, two species), Mydaus (stink badgers, two species), and Conepatus (hog-nosed skunks, five species).
The two skunk species in the Mydaus genus inhabit Indonesia and the Philippines; all other skunks inhabit the Americas from Canada to central South America.
The Malay badger (_Mydaus meliceps_) is confined to the mountains of Java (where it is called the teledu), Sumatra and Borneo.
(_Mydaus meliceps_) is the worst of the family in this respect, and almost equals the skunk.
This reference is doubtless to _Mydaus_, a badger-like animal from the mountains of Java and Sumatra (Wallace, _Geographical