Subfamily: Orthoparamyxovirinae

Genus: Salemvirus


Distinguishing features

There is just a single species in this genus. Contrary to other genera in this subfamily, the genome is reported to encode a Zn2+-binding cysteine-rich protein (V). The generation of mRNAs encoding the phosphoprotein (P) requires co-transcriptional editing (Renshaw et al., 2000)


See discussion under family description

Genome organization and replication

See discussion under family description


See discussion under family description 

Species demarcation criteria

Although there is only a single species in the genus, within the family, species demarcation is now entirely based on the distance in the phylogenic tree based on the comparison of complete large (L) protein amino acid sequences.  Since the primary criterion is the tree topology, whether or not a virus belongs to the same species becomes a matter of branch length between the nearest node and the tip of the branch. This length is defined as 0.03 in the trees generated as described in the legend to Figure 3. .Paramyxoviridae