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Due to the Salinas Valley barrier, there is no genetic exchangeability between Aptostichus
angelinajolieae and other Aptostichus species. This and the species' exclusivity as a lineage in
DNA studies makes it a cohesion species. A. angelinajolieae belongs to the Atomarius Sibling
SpeciesComplex along with the closely related species A. atomarius, A. dantrippi, A. miwok, A.
stanfordianusand A. stephencolberti.

Conservation status[edit]
In addition to being widespread and abundant in its range, the Angelina Jolie trapdoor spider
flourishes in moderately developed residential areas. Therefore, in terms of itsconservation
status, it is not considered to be a threatened species.