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Jenny From the Reef: Water Mite Named After Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez's pop songs inspired a group of scientists to dub a water mite in her name after discovering the new species in Puerto Rico.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 29: Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during 103.5 KTU's KTUphoria 2014 presented by Burlington, at IZOD Center on June 29, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York)Mike Coppola / Getty Images

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