Aidan Bell, who heads the sustainable building materials company EnviroBuild, paid $25,000 at an auction for the right to officially name a blind, legless amphibian creature that buries its head in the sand Dermophis donaldtrumpi.
The newly discovered species, found in Panama, is a caecilian; its naming rights were auctioned to raise money for the Rainforest Trust, which has protected millions of trees and hundreds of animal species in its commitment to preserve biodiversity. The researchers who discovered the creature have already agreed to use the creature’s new name when they publish their find in scientific literature.
Envirobuild even Photoshopped President Donald Trump’s hair onto the creature to make its point. The resemblance, it seems, is uncanny.
Bell said the creature’s ability to bury its head in the sand is not unlike to Trump’s approach to climate change.
“It is the perfect name,” Bell told The Guardian. “Caecilian is taken from the Latin caecus,meaning ‘blind’, perfectly mirroring the strategic vision President Trump has consistently shown towards climate change.”
People seem pretty amused by this new creature and the man who inspired its name.
But, if it’s legless, where does it get its bone spurs?
— Veronica K. B. Olsen (@VeronicaInPink) December 18, 2018
I can’t help but feel that this is an insult to the amphibian\
— NS Dave (@dave1oakns) December 18, 2018
Now they need to find a parrot that constantly blurts out “witch hunt” and name it after him also.
— Moe Onaizi (@OnaiziM) December 18, 2018
Unfair comparison and somewhat degrading: One is a highly evolved complex multicellular organism, the other is Donald Trump. Very insulting to the amphibian.
— E. Daniel Green 🇨🇦 (@EDanielGreen) December 19, 2018
The President will appoint it to a top ranking position in the Space Force.
— V Mike Santacroce (@vicmsan1) December 19, 2018
This can’t be right. We already have a creature named after Donald Trump. Donald Trump, Jr.
— Free Reality Winner (@homeless_not) December 19, 2018
I’d gladly spend $25,000 more of someone else’s money to change amphibian to amfibian.
— daifukumochi (@daifukumochi) December 19, 2018
Chris Redston, the executive director of Rainforest Trust UK, says the caecilian is particularly vulnerable to climate change and is in danger of becoming extinct due to president’s disregard for the consensus of the scientific community.
“Protecting the world’s remaining rainforests is acknowledged as one of the most effective ways to mitigate climate change, yet every day nearly 70,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed forever,” he said. “This destruction is not only one of the main causes of climate change, but it is also having a devastating impact on endangered wildlife, indigenous communities and the planet’s weather patterns.”