By Andrew Freedman at Mashable
Scientists have proposed naming a newly discovered species of tarantula after the legendary musician Johnny Cash, according to a new study. The research, which was published on Feb. 4 in the journal ZooKeys, pared down the known tarantula species in the U.S. while announcing the discovery of 14 new species.
The authors, from Auburn University and Millsaps College, proposed that one of the new species be named after the iconic singer-songwriter, who was famous for his black attire.
The Aphonopelma johnnycashi can be found in the desert southwest, including the land near Folsom, California, which was the subject of one of Cash’s most famous songs and the site of his concert on Jan. 13, 1968.
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