Jennifer Lopez has been featured in the fashion and entertainment industries, and now she has a new domain: science.
The Bronx-born pop singer's music kept a group of scientists entertained as they recorded findings of a new species in Puerto Rico. The name for a newly discovered water mite — Litarachna lopezae — was featured in a study published Tuesday in an online journal ZooKeys.
"The reason behind the unusual choice of name for the new species is ... simple: J.Lo's songs and videos kept the team in a continuous good mood when writing the manuscript and watching World Cup Soccer 2014," said Vladimir Pesic, who works at the University of Montenegro. Among his favorite jams were Lopez's "All I Have," "I Luh Ya Pepsi" and "Ain't It Funny."
The mite was found about 230-feet deep in a coral reef in Mona Passage, a body of water that separates Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The scientists visited the reef between 2010 and 2012.
J-Lo isn't the first celebrity whose name was given to a newly found organism. Mick Jagger has a type of trilobite named after him, a spider is named after Bono and a marine parasite exclusive to the Caribbean Sea was named after Bob Marley.
— The Associated Press