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33 new species of spiders identified, 3 in Joshua Tree, 1 named after Bono

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Aptostichus bonoi, a newly-discovered spider species form the California desert at Joshua Tree, named for U2 front man Bono in honor of the band's "Joshua Tree" album.

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File photo : (L-R) The Edge, Larry Mullen Jnr, Adam Clayton, Bono - during a Joshua Tree press conference in January, 1987.

Auburn University Museum of Natural History

Aptostichus stephencolberti, a newly-discovered spider species named for political satirist Stephen Colbert.


It appeared Bono and arachnids didn't mix when his "Spider-Man" musical had a rough Broadway run, 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. The park's namesake is featured in the title and cover of U2's 1987 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 and Stephen Colbert.

The trapdoor spider, found in the Southwestern U.S., is so-named because it makes a hatch to hide from prey.

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