[Taxacom] Trump gets his first taxonomic name

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Jan 18 15:15:55 CST 2017

If you check out the readership stats for that paper, it is way higher than all the other papers, just because it names a new species after Trump! I don't know why that is, but it certainly has nothing to do with science ...


On Thu, 19/1/17, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: [Taxacom] Trump gets his first taxonomic name
 To: "taxacom" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
 Received: Thursday, 19 January, 2017, 5:55 AM
 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
 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
 , 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
 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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