A place for discussion of the potential adoption of a binomial nomenclature system for virus species names.
I'm not fond of the idea of changing the taxonomy again. I will say that I don't see any information about what name to call a virus that has been recognized as a family member, but currently not placed in a genus (Trailing lespedeza virus 1 in family Tombusiviridae). This species, like many species found in environmental surveys, showed no symptoms when collected. What will be the new name of this virus and any others that have been accepted with similar uniqueness? Will any new species that definitely has characteristics that place it in a family automatically require the simultaneous proposal to make a genus for the species?
"Unassignedvirus TLV1, family Tombusviridae", maybe? (awaiting genus clarification and then "Whatever-new-genus-virus TLV1")
Actually, the ICTV Code was amended in 2019 and "unassigned" species are no longer acceptable. Every new species must be assigned to a genus (Rule 3.24). For the currently unassigned species (approx. 140), they will either be assigned to an existing genus or a new genus will have to be created for them.
The new 2019 Taxonomy release (MSL#35) now contains 100 species unassigned to a genus.