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Newly Discovered Blind, Underground Amphibian Named After Donald Trump

Newly Discovered Blind, Underground Amphibian Named After Donald Trump

A newly discovered species of blind amphibian that likes to bury its head in the sand has been named after U.S. President Donald Trump.

The BBC reported that the Dermophis donaldtrumpi was discovered in Panama and received its name after the naming rights to the creature were auctioned off. The proceeds of the auction went to the Rainforest Trust charity.

The winning bid came from EnviroBuild, who earnt the right to name the amphibian for $25,000.

Explaining the decision to name the ground-dwelling amphibian after Trump, EnviroBuild co-founder Aiden Bell said that Demorphis donaldtrumpi “is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change and is therefore in danger of becoming extinct as a direct result of its namesake’s climate policies,” the BBC reported.

“Burrowing [his] head underground helps Donald Trump when avoiding scientific consensus on anthropomorphic climate change,” Bell concluded.

The naming of the creature came after Donald Trump questioned the findings of a report from his own government that asserted climate change could cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and have severe public health repercussions. When questioned on the report, he told reporters, “I don’t believe it.”

It is by no means the first time an animal was named after a sitting president. It isn’t even the first animal to be named after Trump. Last year, a newly discovered moth, named neopalpa donaldtrumpi, earned its name due to a particularly striking blonde head coloring that resembles the president’s own unique hairstyle.

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President Obama had 14 species named after him, including a Hawaiian coral fish with a unique dot on its dorsal fin which resembled Obama’s campaign logo.

George Bush and Dick Cheney have also both been immortalized in nomenclature after two slime mold beetles were named after the pair. The beetles are named Agathidium bushi and Agathidium cheneyi.


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