Genus: Aquamavirus

Genus: Aquamavirus



No details are available on the morphology of the virions. 

Physicochemical and physical properties

No details are available on physicochemical and physical properties.

Nucleic acid

Length of genome (Kapoor et al., 2008b): c. 6,700 nt (5'-UTR: 506 nt, ORF: 6154 nt, 3'-UTR: 34 nt). The 5'-UTR contains a type IV IRES. The location of the cre has not been identified.

Genome organization and replication

Genome layout: 


The deduced polyprotein has a length of 2,050 amino acids. There is no L protein. 1AB protein remains uncleaved; 2A1 is a short FMDV-like polypeptide (NPG¯P), 2A2 protein has an unknown function. Two copies of 3B are predicted to be present.


See discussion under family description.


Known natural hosts are pinnipeds (Phoca vitulina, Pusa hispida). Affected animals are apparently healthy.

Species demarcation criteria

Not applicable

Member species

SpeciesVirus name(s)Exemplar isolateExemplar accession numberExemplar RefSeq numberAvailable sequenceOther isolatesOther isolate accession numbersVirus abbreviationIsolate abbreviation
Aquamavirus Aseal picornavirusHO.02.21EU142040NC_009891Complete genomeSPV

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

Derivation of names

Aquama: from aquatic mammal