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Tarantula Species Named After Johnny Cash

Celebrities often have streets or buildings named after them, but famed singer-songwriter Johnny Cash has a tarantula named after him. The spider, Aphonopelma johnnycashi, was one of 14 new spiders discovered in the southwestern United States, doubling the known number in the region. The Johnny Cash spider got the name because “the species is found in California near Folsom Prison,” about which Cash penned a famous song. Also, the spider is generally solid black, and Cash was known as...

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