JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. ó It appeared Bono and arachnids didnít mix when his ďSpider-ManĒ musical had a rough Broadway run, but that didnít keep a biologist from naming an actual spider species after the U2 singer.
Jason Bond of Alabamaís Auburn University has identified 33 new species of trapdoor spider, including three of them in the California desert at Joshua Tree National Park.
The parkís namesake is featured in the title and cover of U2ís 1987 album, ďThe Joshua Tree.Ē
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 United States, is so-named because it makes a hatch to hide from prey.
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