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The genus is distinguished on the basis of genetic characters.
No details are available on the morphology of virions.
Genome (Reuter et al., 2015, Wu et al., 2016): 7,264 nt (5′-UTR: >478 nt; ORF: 6,429 nt; 3′-UTR: 357 nt). The location of the cre has not been identified.
The deduced polyprotein is of c. 2,143 amino acids. There is no L protein. The 1AB protein remains uncleaved. The 2A1 protein has an NPG↓P motif; the 2A2 protein has an H-box/NC motif.
No virus has been isolated. Viral RNA was detected in tissue samples of Miniopterus fuliginosus bats in China.
Shanbavirus: from Shanxi bat picornavirus (Shanxi Province in China where sample was collected)
There is only a single species in the genus.
Rhinolophus affinis picornavirus [bat/China/2010]
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