Genus: Potamipivirus

Genus: Potamipivirus



No surface morphology of the icosahedral capsid is visible by EM.

Nucleic acid

Length of genome (Fichtner et al., 2013): c. 7,496 nt (partial) (5'-UTR: >488 nt; ORF: 6,777 nt; 3' UTR: 231 nt). The location of the cre has not been identified.

Genome organization and replication

Genome layout:


The deduced polyprotein has a length of 2,259 aa. There is no L protein. 1AB protein remains uncleaved. 2A1 protein has a NPG↓P motif. 2A2 protein has a H-box/NC sequence motif.


See discussion under family description.


Eel picornavirus (EPV) was isolated from a common eel (Anguilla anguilla) in Lake Constance on the river Rhine. EPV can be propagated in eel kidney 1 (EK-1) cells. It is pathogenic in experimentally infected glass eels and induces a high mortality.

Species demarcation criteria

Not applicable

Member species

SpeciesVirus name(s)Exemplar isolateExemplar accession numberExemplar RefSeq numberAvailable sequenceOther isolatesOther isolate accession numbersVirus abbreviationIsolate abbreviation
Potamipivirus Aeel picornavirusF15/05KC843627NC_022332Complete genomeEPV

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

Derivation of names

Potamipi: from Greek potamos, 'river', and pi from picornavirus