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JLo has a new species of water mite named after her

Published On: Jul 17 2014 10:47:41 AM CDT
Jennifer Lopez 2013 Grammys

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Multi-talented artist Jennifer Lopez can now add another honor to her list of accomplishments: She has a new species of water mite named after her.

The Associated Press reports that a group of scientists discovered the new species near Puerto Rico, where the New York-born entertainer has roots.

The mites were collected from a coral reef in Mona Passage, a treacherous body of water that separates Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, during a series of trips from 2010 to 2012 organized by the University of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute.

"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 one of the scientists who was working on the project.

Over the years, scientists have named dozens of organisms after famous people to honor them. Mick Jagger, for example, has a type of trilobite named after him, while one spider was named after Bono and a marine parasite found only in the Caribbean sea was named after Bob Marley.

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