Aptostichus barackobamai

Aptostichus barackobamai, the Barack Obama trapdoor spider, is a species of spider in the family Euctenizidae named after the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. The species was first reported by Professor Jason Bond of Auburn University in December 2012 as one of 33 new species of the genus Aptostichus.[1]

Barack Obama trapdoor spider
Aptostichus barackobamai holotype.jpg
Male holotype from Mendocino County
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Mygalomorphae
Family: Euctenizidae
Genus: Aptostichus
A. barackobamai
Binomial name
Aptostichus barackobamai
Bond, 2012


Aptostichus barackobamai is a species endemic to California,[1] and has been observed at several locations in the northern part of the state. Particular locations where populations are known to exist are Mendocino, Napa, Shasta, Sutter, and Tehama counties.[2]

Conservation statusEdit

Due to the wide range and abundance of A. barackobamai, the species is not considered to be a threatened species overall, though some isolated populations (such as those local to the Sutter Buttes) may be vulnerable.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "New spider species named for Angelina Jolie, Bono". CBS News. 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  2. ^ a b Bond J (2012). "Phylogenetic treatment and taxonomic revision of the trapdoor spider genus Aptostichus Simon (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Euctenizidae)". ZooKeys. Pensoft Publishers (252): 1–209. doi:10.3897/zookeys.252.3588. PMC 3560839. PMID 23378811.

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