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.


See discussion under family description.


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

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.

Derivation of names

Ailurivirus: from Ailuropoda melanoleuca (host).