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Barack Obama trapdoor spider
Aptostichus barackobamai holotype.jpg
Male holotype from Mendocino County
Scientific classification

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.


Aptostichus barackobamai is a species endemic to California, 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.

Conservation status

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.

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