Genus: Invictavirus

Genus: Invictavirus

Distinguishing features

The sole member of the only species in this genus infects ants and has two major ORFs, with ORF2 (encoding the frameshift domain, FSD, and VP2) being expressed via ribosomal frameshifting.


See discussion under family description.

Genome organisation and replication

See discussion under family description.


See discussion under family description.

Species demarcation criteria 

Formal species demarcation criteria have not yet been established. ORF1-encoded amino acid sequence identity between isolates and strains of a species is above 90%. 

Member species

SpeciesVirus name(s)Exemplar isolateExemplar accession numberExemplar RefSeq numberAvailable sequenceOther isolatesOther isolate accession numbersVirus abbreviationIsolate abbreviation
Solenopsis invicta virus 3Solenopsis invicta virus 3DMFJ528584NC_012531Complete genomeSINV3

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

Derivation of names

Invicta: from the type species Solenopsis invicta virus 3.