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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 (Woo et al., 2010, Pankovics et al., 2018): up to 9,130 nt (5′-UTR: c. 807 nt; ORF: 7,287-8,004 nt; 3′-UTR: 319-334 nt). The location of the cre has not been identified.
The deduced polyprotein is of 2,428 aa (passerivirus A1) and 2,668 aa (passerivirus B1), respectively. There is a long L protein. 1AB protein (with myristoylation signal) remains uncleaved. 2A protein has a H-box/NC sequence motif.
See discussion under family description.
Viral RNA was detected in faeces of thrushes (Turdus hortulorum, T. merula, T. pallidus) and diseased home-reared estrildid finches (Uraeginthus spec.).
Members of a species of genus Passerivirus:
Passeri-: from the order Passeriformes (perching birds), from Latin passer, 'sparrow'
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