The genus is distinguished on the basis of genetic characters.
No details are available on the morphology of virions.
Genome organization and replication
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.
Derivation of names
Shanbavirus: from Shanxi bat picornavirus (Shanxi Province in China where sample was collected)
Species demarcation criteria
There is only a single species in the genus.
Related, unclassified viruses
Rhinolophus affinis picornavirus [bat/China/2010]
Virus names and virus abbreviations are not official ICTV designations.
* partial genome