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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 (Ng et al., 2015a): up to 7,834 nt (5′-UTR: up to 751 nt; ORF: 6,930-7,143 nt; 3′-UTR: 61-91 nt). The location of the cre has not been identified.
The deduced polyprotein ranges from 2310 to 2381 aa. The L protein has unknown function. The 2A protein has been proposed to be a chymotrypsin-like protease.
See discussion under family description.
Viral RNA was detected in faeces of Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) and mice (Mus musculus) in USA and Germany, in intestinal contents of Himalayan marmots (Marmota himalayana), and in tissue samples of Gairdner's shrewmice (Mus pahari).
Members of a species of genus Rabovirus:
Rabo-: from rat-borne
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