- Title: Small moth with yellowish coif named after Donald Trump
- Date: 19th January 2017
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - NOVEMBER 09, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF TRUMP AT ELECTION NIGHT RALLY
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- Keywords: Donald Trump moth insect president election Neopalpa donaldtrumpi
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- Country: USA
- Topics: Environment,Nature/Wildlife
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- Story Text: A small moth with a yellowish-white coif of scales has been named after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in honor of his signature hairdo.
The new species, dubbed Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, lives in a habitat that spans southern California and Mexico's Baja California and was named by evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari in an article published in the scientific journal ZooKeys.
The moth, the second species of a genus of twirler moths, can be distinguished by the yellowish-white scales on the head of its adults, according to the journal.
"The specific epithet is selected because of the resemblance of the scales on the frons (head) of the moth to Mr. Trump's hairstyle," Nazari wrote in the article.
"The reason for this choice of name is to bring wider public attention to the need to continue protecting fragile habitats in the U.S. that still contain many undescribed species," he added.
News of the naming came the week Trump is set to be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, on Friday.
Trump will not be the first president to have an animal named after him. Just last month, a fish native to the coral reefs of northwestern Hawaii was named after current U.S. President Barack Obama in honor of his efforts to protect the fish's habitat.
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