News flash: Newly discovered bug is named for Jennifer Lopez
This is an honor some could do without: A new species of water mite, recently discovered near Puerto Rico, has been named for Jennifer Lopez.
A water mite. As in a tick-type bug, only in the water. Yuck.
Lopez, of course, is a Nuyorican and the scientists who discovered this bug enjoyed listening to her music while they were writing up their findings for the online zoology journal ZooKeys, according to biologist Vladimir Pesic in an e-mail Wednesday to the Associated Press.
"The reason behind the unusual choice of name — Litarachna lopezae — 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 Pesic, of the University of Montenegro.
The scientists collected specimens of this wee mite between 2010 and 2012 from a coral reef in Mona Passage, between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
The species was found at a depth of nearly 230 feet, the greatest depth that pontarachnid mites have been found until now, according to the study, organized by the University of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute. (How did they find something so small and so deep?)
Lopez is not the first pop star whose name has been bestowed on creepy-crawlies: Mick Jagger has a type of trilobite marine fossil named after him, Bono has a spider namesake, and a marine parasite found only in the Caribbean was named after Bob Marley.
A parasite! Did we say yuck already?