Caecilian amphibian named after Donald Trump


This 18 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Meet The Newest Species: Dermophis donaldtrumpi | All In | MSNBC

The highest bidder for naming rights said the creature’s characteristics reminded him of a certain human.

From USA Today:

Business mocks Donald Trump by naming a ‘blind’, wormlike animal after him

By Joel Shannon

Dec 19, 2018

A London-based business specializing in sustainable building materials says it has paid $25,000 to name a newly discovered genus of wormlike amphibian after President Donald Trump.

EnviroBuild announced Tuesday that it would be using Dermophis donaldtrumpi as the name for the caecilian — an amphibian with no legs and poor eyesight. The business says the name still will need to undergo peer review, but that other animals have been named after presidents in the past.

Co-founder Aidan Bell authored a blog post that likened the qualities of the animal, which is native to Panama, to Trump.

Caecilians is taken from the Latin caecus meaning ‘blind'”, the post says. The animals can only see light and dark.

“Capable of seeing the world only in black and white, Donald Trump has claimed that climate change is a hoax by the Chinese“, Bell wrote.

Rainforest Trust announced the auction in November, saying it sells naming rights for newly discovered animals to raise money for conservation. Traditionally, naming privileges have been given to scientists who discovered an animal, but the organization says it has been breaking with that tradition to raise money for 25 years.

EnviroBuild’s announcement contains extensive criticism of Trump.

The caecilian burrows its head underground, a trait the blog likened to Trump’s position on climate change: “Burrowing its head underground helps Donald Trump when avoiding scientific consensus on anthropomorphic climate change and also appointed several energy lobbyists to the Environment Agency, where their job is to regulate the energy industry.”

The post also criticizes the high-profile positions given to Trump’s children and references the Mueller investigation.

In November, Trump cited his intelligence as a reason for his skepticism surrounding climate change. That came on the heels of a 1,600-page National Climate Assessment, issued by the Trump administration, which detailed the climate and economic impacts U.S. residents are projected to see if drastic action is not taken to address climate change.

EnviroBuild isn’t the first to name an animal after Trump. In January 2017, a scientist named a tiny moth Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, Time reports.

Canadian scientist Vazrick Nazari chose the name partly to draw attention to U.S. environmental policies and partly because he believed the moth resembled Trump’s hair style, according to Time.

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