Jennifer Lopez Gets a Water Mite Named After Her
Excuse the pun, but surely Jennifer Lopez is going to be bugging out after hearing this latest bit of Ahlan! news.
The global superstar has won many awards in her time and has been given a lot of surreal gifts from her fans – but this probably tops them all.
JLo has received an unusual new honour after scientists in native Puerto Rico agreed to name a new species of water mite after her.
The On The Floor singer, whose parents hail from Puerto Rico, inspired biologist Vladimir Pesic and his colleagues to call their new discovery the Litarachna Lopezae mite after bonding over Lopez's many hits while documenting their finds in a new study, which was published online on Tuesday.
He says: "The reason behind the unusual choice of name for the new species is simple: JLo's songs and videos kept the team in a continuous good mood when writing the manuscript and watching World Cup soccer 2014."
The pontarachnid mites were found deep in a coral reef in Mona Passage, a dangerous body of water between the Caribbean island and the border of the Dominican Republic, between 2010 and 2012. We can only presume Jenny will start renaming some of her tracks like Insect Had My Love, Lava Don't Cost a Thing, and Waiting For To Mite, as a thank you.
Lopez isn't the first celebrity to have an odd species find named after her, Mick Jagger, Bono and Bob Marley also boast similar honours.