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The genus is distinguished on the basis of genetic characters.
No details are available on the morphology of the virions.
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.
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).
Ailurivirus: from Ailuropoda melanoleuca (host).
There is only a single species in the genus.
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