Scientists name new species of water mite after Jennifer Lopez

The Litarachna lopezae mite was found between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

A new species of water mite discovered off the coast of Puerto Rico has been named after pop star Jennifer Lopez.

Scientists from the University of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute found the Litarachna lopezae mite in a coral reef in Mona Passage, the body of water that separates Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Billboard: “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,” he said, naming ‘All I Have’ as his personal favourite Lopez song.

The species was found at a depth of nearly 230 feet, the greatest depth that pontarachnid mites have been found.


Lopez has yet to respond to the scientist’s discovery.