Johnny Cash gets his own species of black tarantula

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Brooding Tarantula Species Named After Johnny Cash

The Man In Black now has a species of tarantula named in his honor.

Biologists have discovered 14 new types of U.S. tarantula, including Aphonopelma johnnycashi, a black arachnid named after the late country legend Johnny Cash because it makes its home near Folsom Prison, California.

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The discoveries followed a years-long study involving a three-person team, the results of which are published in the journey ZooKeys.

Aphonopelma johnnycashi was found roaming the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada mountains and the areas surrounding Folsom Prison, explains Florida Museum of Natural History's Chris Hamilton, who led the team.

"It's a perfect name," Hamilton tells the BBC.

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Cash staged a famous concert for inmates of Folsom State Prison on Jan. 13, 1968. That breakthrough performance became a popular live album, and it contained one of his signature songs, "Folsom Prison Blues". Cash died in 2003, aged 71.

Check out Johnny Cash's eight-legged namesake here.

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Johnny Cash gets his own species of black tarantula
Singers Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash are seen with June's daughter Rosanne Lea Nix, 12, as they appear at the Jerry Lewis Telethon at the Americana Hotel in New York, Sept. 6, 1971. (AP Photo/Tim Boxer)
Johnny Cash and June Carter look at their newborn baby John Carter Cash in hospital in Nashville, Tennesse, March 7, 1970. (AP Photo)
Country western stars Johnny Cash and wife June Carter Cash arrive at U.S. District Court in Washington to watch the Watergate cover-up trial, Nov. 11, 1974. The two were invited by prosecutor James Neal. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
BARBARA MANDRELL AND THE MANDRELL SISTERS -- Pictured: (l-r) Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell, June Carter Cash, Irlene Mandrell, Louise Mandrell (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Shoot Date: March 17, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHNNY CASH;JUNE CARTER CASH
THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Shoot Date: March 17, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JUNE CARTER CASH
Country/Western singer Johnny Cash and wife June Carter at home. (Photo by Michael Rougier/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Johnny CASH and June CARTER and Mother Maybelle CARTER; L-R June Carter Cash, Maybelle Carter and Johnny Cash (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Johnny Cash carries his son John in his arms as his wife June Carter walks beside him at Essendon airport in Melbourne, Australia, March 25, 1971. (AP Photo)
June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash Perform Dylan's "It Aint'e Me Babe" during the Bob Dylan anniversary concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday Oct. 16, 1992. Johnny Cash, a towering figure in American music spanning country, rock and folk and known worldwide as ``The Man in Black,'' died Firday Sept. 12, 2003, according to hospital officials in Nashville, Tenn. He was 71. June Carter Cash died May 15, 2003. She was 73. ( AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

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