[Taxacom] Trump gets his first taxonomic name

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 10:55:17 CST 2017


Days before Donald J. Trump steps forward on the Inaugural platform in
Washington to assume the role of the 45th President of the United States of
America, evolutionary biologist and systematist Dr. Vazrick Nazari
<https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Vazrick_Nazari> named a new species
in his honour. The author, whose publication can be found in the open
access journal *ZooKeys* <http://zookeys.pensoft.net/>, hopes that the fame
around the new moth will successfully point to the critical need for
further conservation efforts for fragile areas such as the habitat of the
new species.

While going through material borrowed from the Bohart Museum of Entomology
<http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/About/Richard_M_Bohart_Museum_of_Entomology/>
, University of California <https://www.ucdavis.edu/>, Davis, Dr. Vazrick
Nazari stumbled across a few specimens that did not match any previously
known species. Following thorough analysis of these moths, as well as
material from other institutions, the scientist confirmed he had discovered
the second species of a genus of twirler moths.

While both species in the genus share a habitat, stretching across the
states of California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico, one can easily tell
them apart. The new moth, officially described as *Neopalpa donaldtrumpi*,
stands out with yellowish-white scales present on the head in adults. In
fact, it was in these scales that the author found an amusing reference to
Mr. Trump's hairstyle and turned it into an additional justification for
its name.


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