Genus: Agatevirus

Genus: Agatevirus

Distinguishing features

Members of this genus infect Bacillus thuringiensis and Bacillus pumilis. The type species is Bacillus virus Agate. The non-redundant part of the genome of the exemplar isolate, Bacillus virus Agate, is approximately 150 kbp, with 210 gene coding sequences as well as 4 encoded tRNAs.


See discussion under family description.

Genome organisation and replication

See discussion under family description.


Members of the genus infect Bacillus thuringiensis and B. pumilis

Derivation of names

Agatevirus: derived from the name of the exemplar isolate, Bacillus phage phiAGATE, of the type species, Bacillus virus Agate.

Species demarcation criteria

Members of the same species are more than 95% identical in genome nucleotide sequence, including the terminal repeat region. Phages with genomes that differ by more than 5% are assigned to different species.

Member species

Exemplar isolate of the species
SpeciesVirus nameIsolateAccession numberRefSeq numberAvailable sequenceVirus Abbrev.
Agatevirus agateBacillus phage phiAGATEJX238501NC_020081Complete genome
Agatevirus bobbBacillus phage BobbKM051843NC_024792Complete genome
Agatevirus Bp8pCBacillus phage Bp8p-CKJ010547NC_029121Complete genome
Agatevirus Bp8pCBacillus phage Bp8p-TKJ010548Complete genome

Virus names, the choice of exemplar isolates, and virus abbreviations, are not official ICTV designations.