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The genus is distinguished on the basis of genetic characters.
No details are available on the morphology of the virions.
No details are available on physicochemical and physical properties.
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.
The deduced polyprotein is 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) and black bears (Ursus thibetanus). Affected animals are apparently healthy. Two types are distinguished.
There is only a single species in the genus.
Aquama-: from aquatic mammal
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