New Moth Species Named After Trump
A new species of moth discovered in Mexico, has been named after the U.S. President, Donald Trump, on March 27, 2018.
A biologist, Dr Vazrick Nazari, discovered the new species of month. The golden-haired moth has a strange blonde extension on its head. The wings of the moth measure 7-12 millimeters, while its genitals are small as compared to other moth species.
This specie is found in Arizona, California, and Mexico’s Baja California. The botanist who discovered the month officially named it Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, in honor of the U.S. President, Donald Trump.
A study was conducted on moths from the genus Neopalpa family, which revealed that this moth did not fit into the criteria for previously known moth species. It was observed that the genitalia of the neopalpa was comparatively smaller than its closest relative N. neonata. They conducted tests on the species to identify if indeed it was a different species. They made use of DNA barcoding analysis and catalogs from various natural history institutions, to do so, which found that it was indeed a separate unrecognized species.
This is not the first time that a species has been named after a U.S. president. A slime beetle species has been named after George Bush, Ronald Reagan has a wasp named after him, and Bill Clinton has a fish. While, Obama has around nine species named after him.
Nazari named this species after Trump, as it resembled Trump’s iconic hairdo. However, he emphasized on the main reason being his hope the name will generate within Trump the interest in the species, thus influenced to promote conservation efforts for North America’s neglected micro-fauna.
“The discovery of this distinct micro-moth in the densely populated and otherwise zoologically well-studied southern California underscores the importance of conservation of the fragile habitats that still contain undescribed and threatened species, and highlights the paucity of interest in species-level taxonomy of smaller faunal elements in North America,” Nazari said.
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