Genus: Ailurivirus

Genus: Ailurivirus

Distinguishing features

The genus is distinguished on the basis of genetic characters.



No details are available on the morphology of the virions.

Nucleic acid

Genome: (Zhang et al., 2017) 8003-8100 nt (5'UTR: 1232-1345 nt; ORF: 6573-6654 nt; 3'UTR: 97-117 nt). The location of cre has not been identified.

Genome organization and replication

Genome layout:


The deduced polyprotein is of 2,191 amino acids. There is no L protein. 2A protein has a NPG¯P motif.


Viral RNA was detected in faecal specimens of wild (one sick, one healthy) and captive (healthy) giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).

Derivation of names

Ailurivirus: from Ailuropoda melanoleuca (host).

Species demarcation criteria

There is only a single species in the genus.

Member species

Exemplar isolate of the species
SpeciesVirus nameIsolateAccession numberRefSeq numberAvailable sequenceVirus Abbrev.
Ailurivirus Aaimelvirus 1gpai001MF327529Complete genomeAilV-A1

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