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Biologists Name New Water Mite Species After Jennifer Lopez

Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got/ I'm still, I'm still the water mite from the block.
J.Lo the human (not the water mite). (Wikipedia)

J.Lo the human (not the water mite). (Wikipedia)

It’s cool to win a Grammy or go platinum or get a dumb guest role on an episode of Glee, but nowadays the true mark of musical achievement is having a gross-looking bug named after you.

Jennifer Lopez has become the namesake of a new species of water mite found near Puerto Rico, the AP reports. Biologists named the mite Litarachna lopezae not just because Ms. Lopez has Puerto Rican heritage, but also because they rocked out (as biologists do) to her music as they wrote about their discovery.

“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,” biologist Vladimir Pesic told the AP over email.

“As European, I supported Germany, but the whole team was united with J.Lo songs,” he added. Cute.

The water mite was found between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, in a coral reef 230 feet underwater. It was the first time this type of mite had been found at such a great depth.

We obviously think it’s great that there’s a water mite named after J.Lo, but we’re kind of disappointed it wasn’t a catfish, tbh.

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