Earlier this month, scientists discovered a new species of water mite near Puerto Rico. They named it Litarachna lopezae --- after Jennifer Lopez. The lead researcher saysit's a mite-sized tribute to the lady behind his favorite hits, including ''I Luh Ya Papi" and "All I Have."
Every year, tens of thousands of new species of creatures are identified, most of them little bugs and amphibians. Naming a species after oneself is considered a diva move in the scientific community, so many choose the next best thing: the name of a real-life diva --- or a high-art heavy.
Here are some of our favorites.