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What has a scaly-looking head of gold? Well, Donald Trump, of course... but also this moth.
The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, a new species of tiny moth, has been named after the president-elect due to the striking physical resemblance between the moth's yellow and white scales and Trump's hair.
The monotypic genus Neopalpa was described in 1998 by Czech entomologist Dalibor Povolný based on two male specimens from Santa Catalina Island, California, which he named N. neonata. The female of this species was discovered recently based on a DNA barcode match and is described. In addition, a new species with marked differences in morphology and DNA barcodes from southern California and Baja California Mexico is described as Neopalpa donaldtrumpi sp. n. Adults and genitalia of both species are illustrated, new diagnosis for the genus Neopalpa is provided, and its position within Gelechiidae is briefly discussed.
The genus Neopalpa including the species Neopalpa neonata was first described in 1998 by Dalibor Povolný. Almost two decades later Vazrick Nazari reviewed the material including various specimens that had been collected since the first description of the genus and discovered that some of the specimens actually formed a separate new species, which he called Neopalpa donaldtrumpi due to the yellowish-white color of the top of its head, which reminded him of Donald Trump's hair. He also hoped that the name might provide more publicity to often underappreciated small and rare creatures.
originally posted by: Indigent
a reply to: IAMTAT
If its consolation for you, a parasitic flatworm was named after him
This naming was not to convey that Barack Obama was parasitic, but instead was to honor Mr. Obama due to Platt's respect for the parasites' resilience through tough odds.