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Company pays $25k to name worm-like amphibian after Trump

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Caecilian / Geotrypetes seraphini. Photograph Matthijs Kuijpers. Donald Trump Holds Media Availability In Portsmouth, New Hampshire Photograph: Matthew Cavanaugh. Photo montage creation: EnviroBuild.

A British company paid $25,000 to name an amphibian after President Donald Trump.

Environmentally conscious construction company EnviroBuild bid $25k at a species-naming auction supporting Rainforest Trust, a wildlife conservation organization, for the naming rights.

The caecilian, a type of Panamanian amphibian, will now be called Dermophis donaldtrumpi.

EnviroBuild noted several similarities between Dermophis donaldtrumpi and President Donald Trump in their blog, which is quoted below:

"Caecilians is taken from the Latin Caecus meaning “blind”, and have rudimentary eyes which can only detect 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.
The dermophis genus grows an extra layer of skin which their young use their teeth to peel off and eat, a behaviour [sic] known as dermatrophy. As a method of ensuring their children survive in life Donald Trump prefers granting them high roles in the Oval Office.
The amphibians live almost entirely underground, believed to have lost their limbs at least 60 million years ago, as an adaptation to burrowing. 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.
Caecilians have tentacles used in a sensory capacity to help them find prey. “This Thing Has Tentacles We Have No Idea About” was said by Juliette Kayyem, a former federal prosecutor and a Homeland Security official in the Obama administration talking special council Mueller’s investigation into alleged interference of Russia in US elections.
The opportunity to name a species is usually reserved for biologists who spend often painstaking years in the field so was too good an opportunity to miss. 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.
As Demorphus donaldtrumpi is an amphibian, it 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."


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