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The genus is distinguished on the basis of genetic characters.
No details are available on the morphology of virions.
Genome (Pankovics et al., 2017b): c. 7,770 nt (5′–UTR: 610 nt; ORF: 7,062 nt; 3′–UTR: 96 nt). 5′–UTR contains a type IV IRES. The location of the cre has not been identified.
The deduced polyprotein is of 2,354 aa. 1AB remains uncleaved. The 2A protein has an H-box/NC motif.
No virus has been isolated. Viral RNA was detected in faecal specimens of apparently healthy smooth newts (Lissotriton vulgaris).
Livupivirus: derived from Lissotriton vulgaris (host) picornavirus
There is only a single species in the genus.
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