Genus: Ophiovirus

Genus: Ophiovirus

Distinguishing features

Since only one genus is currently recognized, the genus description corresponds to the family description.


See discussion under family description.

Genome organization and replication

See discussion under family description.


See discussion under family description.


See discussion under family description.

Species demarcation criteria

The different criteria considered for species demarcation in the genus are:

  • differences in CP size
  • no or distant serological relationship between CPs
  • differences in natural host range
  • different number, organization and/or size of genome segments.

Alignments between CPsV, FreSV, MiLBVV, LRNV, BlMaV and RWMV (partial sequence) CP amino acid sequences show 31–52% identity, whereas isolates of the same species show over 92% identity. Since CPs of MiLBVV and TMMMV (partial cds) share about 80% amino acid sequence identity, this may warrant the establishment of the following molecular criterion for ophiovirus species demarcation: CP amino acid sequence identity <85%.

Member Species

SpeciesVirus name(s)Exemplar isolateExemplar accession numberExemplar RefSeq numberAvailable sequenceOther isolatesOther isolate accession numbersVirus Abbreviation(s)
Blueberry mosaic associated virusblueberry mosaic associated virusArkansas5RNA1: KJ704366; RNA2: KJ704367; RNA3: KJ704368Complete genomeBlMaV-Arkansas5
Citrus psorosis viruscitrus psorosis virusP-121RNA1: AY654892; RNA2: AY654893; RNA3: AY654894RNA1: NC_006314; RNA2: NC_006315; RNA3: NC_006316Complete genomeCPsV-P-121
Freesia sneak virusFreesia sneak virusFr220205/9 RNA3: DQ885455Partial genomeFreSV-Fr220205/9
Lettuce ring necrosis viruslettuce ring necrosis virusBelg-2RNA1: AY535016; RNA2: AY535017; RNA3: AY535018; RNA4: AY535019RNA1: NC_006051; RNA2: NC_006052; RNA3: NC_006053; RNA4: NC_006054Complete genomeLRNV-Belg-2
Mirafiori lettuce big-vein virusMirafiori lettuce big-vein virusLS301-ORNA1: AF525933; RNA2: AF525934; RNA3: AF525935; RNA4: AF525936RNA1: NC_004779; RNA2: NC_004781; RNA3: NC_004782; RNA4: NC_004780Complete genomeMLBVV-LS301-O
Ranunculus white mottle virusRanunculus white mottle virusRn3RNA1: AF335429Partial genomeRWMV-Rn3
Tulip mild mottle mosaic virustulip mild mottle mosaic virusBas-1RNA3: AY542958Partial genomeTMMMV-Bas-1

Virus names, the choice of exemplar isolates, and virus abbreviations, are not official ICTV designations.
Download GenBank/EMBL query for sequences listed in the table here.
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