What's one thing Jennifer Lopez probably never thought she would have named after her? A water mite! A team of scientists gave a newly discovered species the moniker Litarachna lopezae, after collecting them in Mona Passage, a body of water that separates Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
The group had a simple reason for naming the water mite after Lopez—the music of the Bronx, New York–born entertainer who has Puerto Rican roots was a favorite with the group as they wrote about their discovery. The triple threat's songs and videos kept their team in a non-stop good mood as they composed their research manuscript and watched the 2014 World Cup. While each of the scientists rooted for different teams during the matches, they found common ground with a love for Lopez's music.
The mites were found during a series of trips from 2010 to 2012 organized by the University of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute and the new study was published this week.