A newly discovered blind and burrowing amphibian is to be officially named Dermophis donaldtrumpi in recognition of President Trump’s climate change denial.
Aidan Bell, head of sustainable building materials company EnviroBuild, paid $25,000 at an auction to name the species after the president, according to the Guardian. The naming rights were auctioned off to raise money for the Rainforest Trust, a nonprofit environmental group.
Bell said the creature’s tendency to bury its head in the sand is similar to Trump’s approach to global warming and 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.”
The scientists who discovered the small legless creature in Panama have agreed to use the new name when they publish their find in scientific literature.
In November, Trump shrugged off an alarming new government report warning that Climate change is already harming Americans’ lives, from wildfires to floods, and will only get worse. Trump’s response to the report was: “I don’t believe it.”