Blind, Underground-Dwelling Creature Named After Donald Trump
U.K. based company, EnviroBuild, bought the naming rights to a newly discovered caecilian to make a political stance against Donald Trump's views on climate change.
The name rights of the were up for grabs at an auction by the Rainforest Trust, with all funds raised going towards rainforest protection.
EnviroBuild bought the rights for $35,780AUD, and named the creature Dermophis donaldtrumpi, in honour of the U.S. President.
Caecilians live underground and can only see in light and dark, and the company likened those attributes to Donald Trump's views on climate change.
"Capable of seeing the world only in black and white, Donald Trump has claimed that climate change is a hoax by the Chinese," EnviroBuild said in a statement.
"Burrowing its head underground helps Donald Trump when avoiding scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change and also appointed several energy lobbyists to the Environment Agency, where their job is to regulate the energy industry."
EnviroBuild said it was not a political organisation, but felt the move was a way of bringing the U.S. President's lack of action on climate change.
"We do feel very strongly that everyone should do everything they can to leave the world in a better way than they found it."
The name is not a surety yet, it has be peer reviewed, but EnviroBuild is confident it will get through.
"The name will still have to undergo peer review, something that biologists EnviroBuild have spoken to had stressed the importance of, but multiple species are named after Presidents, and this amphibian will soon join the vulnerable list," it said.
Bill Clinton lent his name to the fish Etheostoma clinton (beaded darter), George E. Bush has Agathidium bushi (a slime mold beetle) and Barack Obama's name was given to Baracktrema obamai (a blood fluke found in Malaysian sea turtles).
It's also not the first time Trump's moniker has been used for a new-found species.
In 2017 a tiny moth was named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi after the President.