Jennifer Lopez has been given a somewhat unusual plaudit for her music - after scientists gave her name to a water mite species they discovered near Puerto Rico.

Biologist Vladimir Pesic of the University of Montenegro said in an email that the group was entertained during its research by music from J-Lo, the New York-born artist with Puerto Rican roots.

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

Pesic is the corresponding author of the study published 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.