Newly discovered species of cockroach named after Donald Trump by Mexican biologist

A new species of cockroach discovered in December in Mexico was officially named after President Trump for the record amount of excrements it produces every day.

The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) biology professor, Ph.D. Jorgina Franco Jimenez, officially registered the species on Tuesday, naming her find the Blatella Trumpis or Trump cockroach.

The renowned biologist says the name presented itself naturally while observing the insect specimens captured in December in the north of the state of Chihuahua.

“When we observed that it was almost unkillable and that it produced more than five times its own weight in feces every day, the first name that came to our mind was Trump.”

Professor Jimenez described the new species as the most voracious and pathogen-ridden of over 4,600 known species of cockroaches.

“It spends its time devouring everything in site including toxic waste and its own brethren. This makes them really toxic. We found up to 44 different pathogens in a single individual.”

Professor Jimenez says more research will be necessary to determine the role of the Trump cockroach in the ecosystem, saying its cannibalistic behavior and toxicity level probably diminishes its importance for the region’s food chain.

It is estimated that 15 million different species live on our planet, but only 2 million of them are currently known to science and several new species are discovered every year.

In 2020 alone, 17 new spider species, 23 insects, one bristly millipede, and one monitor lizard according to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN).

The Trump cockroach was the only species registered in North America this year, with most finds coming from the Amazon, Africa, and India.

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