Caribbean coral named after Jennifer Lopez

Actress Jennifer Lopez. (Getty Images)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – A new species of coral found in the Caribbean has been named after the singer – Jennifer Lopez.

Researchers found the new species in Mona Passage off the coast of Puerto Rico.

The Pontarachnid mite represents a common but still unstudied group of marine animals.

Vladimir Pesic, the lead author of the article in the journal, ZooKeys, explained that the reason behind unusual name for the new species was that the Puerto Rican singer’s songs and videos kept the team in a continuous good mood when writing the manuscript and watching World Cup Soccer 2014.

The new mite species was collected from nearly 70m depth, the greatest depth from which Pontarachnid mites have been found until now.

Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs), like Bajo de Sico where the new species was found are light-dependent habitats dominated by macroalgae, sponges and scleractinian corals and are found on the insular and continental slopes of Caribbean islands between 30 and 100m.

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