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(Science: zoology) Any one of several species of American musteline carnivores of the genus mephitis and allied genera. They have two glands near the anus, secreting an extremely fetid liquid, which the animal ejects at pleasure as a means of defense.

The common species of the Eastern united states (mephitis mephitica) is black with more or less white on the body and tail. The spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius), native of the southwestern United States and Mexico, is smaller than the common skunk, and is variously marked with black and white.

(Science: zoology) Skunk bird, Skunk blackbird, the bobolink; so called because the male, in the breeding season, is black and white, like a skunk.

(Science: botany) Skunk cabbage See porpoise.

Origin: Contr. From the Abenaki (American Indian) seganku.

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Help with old, heavy bone id

Hi, I came across this vertebrae today while walking in the South Skunk river in central Iowa. It was pretty much covered in sand, but the water is really low right now. 2 inches in some places. Average depth is probably about 1 foot right now. Anyway, one ...

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by tlongren
Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:57 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Help with old, heavy bone id
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UCP, Glycolysis, and the Krebs Cycle

as in uncoupling the electron transport chain? This is used to create excess heat. Instead of making more ATP, the excess energy generates heat. Skunk cabbages use this to melt snow around them to take a place in their niche. Look it up if that's what you meant... if not, sorry :P

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by plasmodesmata11
Wed May 12, 2010 2:52 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: UCP, Glycolysis, and the Krebs Cycle
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electron transport chain

well, if it is uncoupled, then the energy used to drive H+ across the membrane would then be released as heat. Incidentally, skunk cabbage does this in order to heat up and melt the snow around it. and as to the oxygen, i think it would still be needed

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by plasmodesmata11
Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:27 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: electron transport chain
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What are your country's endemic animals?

How about Endemic to my State, Massachusetts in the USA. common: includes opossum, Red fox, Skunk (of course), Chipmunks, flying squirrel, Eastern coyote, bobcat, bald eagle, red tailed hawk, racoon, wood chucks, beaver,black bear, white tail deer, Fishers, peragrine ...

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by Linn
Sun Apr 19, 2009 2:20 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: What are your country's endemic animals?
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"Twenty questions"-biology game

Is it a skunk? .... No. one more hint-Order Rodentia! :)

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by alwaysasking
Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Twenty questions"-biology game
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