The spider pictured is a male specimen of Aptostichus barackobamai, named for President Barack Obama, photographed live. (Credit: Jason Bond)
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - After his "Spider Man" musical had a rough Broadway run, it appeared Bono and arachnids didn't mix. But that didn't keep a biologist from naming an actual spider species after the U2 singer.
Jason Bond of Alabama's Auburn University has identified 33 new species of trapdoor spider, including three of them in the California desert at Joshua Tree National Park, featured in both the title and cover of U2's 1987 breakthrough album, "The Joshua Tree."
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that Bond named two of the spiders after Indian tribes and one, A. bonoi, after Bono.
Bond has named other spider species after Angelina Jolie, Cesar Chavez, Stephen Colbert, and President Barack Obama.
The trapdoor spider, found in the US southwest, is so-named because it makes a hatch to hide from prey.
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