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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: 7,085–7,321 nt (5′-UTR: c. 517 nt; ORF: 6,510–6,519 nt; 3′-UTR: >58–294 nt) (Sasaki et al., 2015, Yinda et al., 2017). The location of the cre has not been identified.
The deduced polyprotein is c. 2,170 amino acids. There is no L protein. The 1AB protein remains uncleaved.
See discussion under family description.
Viral RNA was detected in faeces and intestinal contents, respectively, of wild shrews in Zambia and fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) in Cameroon.
Members of a species of the genus Crohivirus:
Crohi-: from Crocidura hirta (the lesser red musk shrew from which the first strain was isolated)
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