Worm Officially Named “Dermophis Donaldtrumpi” After Donald Trump
There’s a long history of animals being named after U.S. presidents. Washington has a wasp, “Heterospilus washingtoni.” Lincoln has a genus, “Licolna”, named after him. There are two species of parasitic wasps in that club. The bluegrass darter is named after Jimmy Carter. It’s scientific name is “Etheostoma jimmycarter.” Former President Barack Obama has at least 14 species which bear his namesake, a record among U.S. heads of state. So, President Donald Trump still has some catching up to do.
An English sustainable construction firm has paid $25,000 for the naming rights of a worm-like amphibian at an auction hosted by the international non-profit environmental organization Rainforest Trust. Usually, researchers and scientists who find the species will name them. However, Rainforest Trust CEO Paul Salaman started selling naming rights 25 years ago in order to fund conservation efforts.
The firm EnviroBuild specifically targeted this worm from the Dermophis genus because it’s only capable of seeing light or dark.
“Capable of seeing the world only in black and white, Donald Trump has claimed that climate change is a hoax by the Chinese,” EnviroBuild co-founder Aidan Bell said.
They also found more similarities to Trump. The worm must use sensory tentacles to find prey and live the majority of their lives underground.
“Burrowing [his] head underground helps Donald Trump when avoiding scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change,” Bell said.
In Trump’s time as president, conservation efforts have seen huge hits. America was the only first world country to not sign onto the Paris Agreement. He also made a lawyer known for trying to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency the head of it.
Because of this, the company chose the name “Dermophis donaldtrumpi.” According to Bell, “EnviroBuild is not an overtly political organization, but 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 creature’s name must still be reviewed by scientists, but it’s likely to be approved.