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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 (Lim et al., 2015): 7,571-7,593 nt (5′–UTR: 818-869 nt; ORF: 6,618-6,702 nt; 3′–UTR: 116-157 nt). The location of the cre has not been identified.
The deduced polyprotein ranges from 2,206 to 2,234 aa. 2A is a short foot-and-mouth disease virus-like polypeptide with NPG↓P motif.
Lesavirus 1 (Malagasivirus A) was detected in faecal specimens of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta), whereas lesavirus 2 (Malagasivirus B) was prevalent in faeces of black-and-white ruffed lemurs.
Malagasi refers to the Madagascan (Malagasy) origin of the two lemur species
Members of a species of genus Malagasivirus:
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