Family: Inoviridae

Genus: Inovirus


Distinguishing features

Phages in this genus possess genomes of about 6.4 kb (40.7−40.9% G+C) and encode 11 proteins. Virions are slender and flexible filaments about 800 nm long and 7 nm wide. They infect enterobacteria with IncF plasmids. 


See discussion under family description

Genome organisation and replication

See discussion under family description


Members of the genus infect Escherichia coli. 

Species demarcation criteria

There is only one species in the genus. Members of additional species will be >5% different in the DNA sequence of their genomes as assessed using the BLASTn algorithm.