Genus: Potamipivirus

Genus: Potamipivirus

Distinguishing features

The genus is distinguished on the basis of genetic characters.



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

Nucleic acid

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 is 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

There is only a single species in the genus.

Member species

Exemplar isolate of the species
SpeciesVirus nameIsolateAccession numberRefSeq numberAvailable sequenceVirus Abbrev.
Potamipivirus Aeel picornavirusF15/05KC843627NC_022332Complete genomeEPV
Potamipivirus Bpotamipivirus B1; threespine stickleback picornavirusTSPVMK189163Complete genome

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

Derivation of names

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

Related, unclassified viruses

Virus name

Accession number

Virus abbreviation

threespine stickleback picornavirus [TSPV]



Virus names and virus abbreviations are not official ICTV designations.