Genus: Shanbavirus

Genus: Shanbavirus

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 (Reuter et al., 2015, Wu et al., 2016): 7,264 nt (5′-UTR: >478 nt; ORF: 6,429 nt; 3′-UTR: 357 nt). The location of the cre has not been identified. 

Genome organization and replication

Genome layout:


The deduced polyprotein is of c. 2,143 amino acids. There is no L protein. The 1AB protein remains uncleaved. The 2A1 protein has a NPG¯P motif, 2A2 protein has a H-box/NC motif.


See discussion under family description.


Viral RNA was detected in tissue samples of Miniopterus fuliginosus bats in China. 

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.
Shanbavirus Abat picornavirusbat/BtMf-PicoV-1/SAX2011KJ641698NC_038961Complete coding genomeBShV

Virus names, the choice of exemplar isolates, and virus abbreviations, are not official ICTV designations.

Derivation of names

Shanba-: from Shanxi bat picornavirus (Shanxi Province in China where sample was collected)