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Blind Amphibian That Sticks Its Head In The Sand Named After Trump

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An amphibian whose response to danger is to bury its head in the sand has been given the scientific name Dermophis donaldtrumpito commemorate the US president’s response to climate change.

Thousands of species, both living and extinct, are scientifically described each year. Many are named after scientists’ friends, families, mentors, or people they wish to honor. Other names reference the location at which they were found or a distinctive feature.

Other scientists see opportunities to fund the continuation of their work, selling off naming rights to their discoveries, with 12 species’ names recently sold to raise desperately needed money for the Rainforest Trust.

A visionless amphibian with Donald Trump’s haircut, and a visionless hominid with Donald Trump’s haircut.

An amphibian whose response to danger is to bury its head in the sand has been given the scientific name Dermophis donaldtrumpito commemorate the US president’s response to climate change.

Thousands of species, both living and extinct, are scientifically described each year. Many are named after scientists’ friends, families, mentors, or people they wish to honor. Other names reference the location at which they were found or a distinctive feature.

Meet Dermophis donaldtrumpi, defender of its habitat. The Rainforest Trust

Other scientists see opportunities to fund the continuation of their work, selling off naming rights to their discoveries, with 12 species’ names recently sold to raise desperately needed money for the Rainforest Trust.

The Trust buys and protects threatened rainforests across the tropics. The species were all first identified in their reserves in Latin America – the best hope for tens of thousands of species given the newly elected Brazilian president’s intentions towards publicly owned parts of the Amazon.

The auction as a whole raised an impressive $182,500, enough to buy quite a few of the 30,000 hectares (70,000 acres) of rainforest destroyed each day. Bidders might have been expected to give the most love to the four frogs or the forest mouse whose naming rights were up for sale, but the big money went to a 10-centimeter (4-inch) caecilian, a type of legless amphibian.

Source: iflscience.com