Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after Jennifer Lopez

The Associated Press, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 10:44am (PDT)
  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after some scientists gave her name to a water mite species they discovered near Puerto Rico.

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    Biologist Vladimir Pesic of the University of Montenegro said in an email Wednesday that the group was entertained during its research by the music of the Bronx, New York-born artist who has Puerto Rican roots.

    Pesic calls it a small token of gratitude for the singer of hits such as "I Luh Ya Papi," ''All I Have," and "Ain't It Funny."

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    Pesic is the corresponding author of the study published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed online journal ZooKeys.

    He and other scientists collected the newly baptized Litarachna lopezae water mite from a coral reef in Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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