Scientists have named a new species of moth after Donald Trump, U.S. president-elect.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the moth, which has golden flake hair, similar to Trump’s is officially described as “Neopalpa donaldtrumpi”, and Vazrick Nazari, an evolutionary biologist from Ottawa explained why it was named after the 45th President of the United States..
“with its hair tufts, its presence in U.S. and Mexico, and its fragile habitat that needs conservation, I really did not have any choice with this one other than to name the moth after Mr President-elect himself.
“By naming this species after the 45th President of the United States, I hope to bring some public attention to the importance of conservation of the fragile habitats in the United States that still contain undescribed and threatened species, and generate interest in the importance of alpha-taxonomy in better understanding the neglected micro-fauna component of the North American biodiversity,”
“Having a species named after you is almost always an honour, since your name becomes immortal in the scientific literature.
“I am hoping that by appealing to Mr Trump’s good nature, the next administration will make an effort to continue protecting the fragile habitats in the US that are home to as of yet unknown species,”