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Mustelids are a diverse family of carnivora. The most recognizable mustelids include ferrets and weasels, but the category also includes species such as badgers, stoats, minks, martens, otters, ratels, polecats and wolverines. They are all small carnivores, noted for their energy and their musk glands.

Previously, skunks were classified as mustelids. However, molecular (DNA) evidence has caused most (but not all) biologists to place skunks and stink badgers in their own family, mephitidae. [1][2] Currently, skunks, as well as other closest relatives: red pandas and raccoons, share a superfamily musteloidea with mustelids.



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