Family: Mymonaviridae

Genus: Penicillimonavirus


Distinguishing features

Members of the genus Penicillimonavirus are distinct from those of other genera by phylogenetic analysis of the RdRP gene (Figure 5.Mymonaviridae) with <32% amino acid sequence identity for the L protein. The genome is a single molecule of linear, negative-sense RNA of about 6.7 kb with two or more ORFs. One ORF is on the negative-sense strand and encodes the L protein, while another ORF on the positive-sense strand encodes the N protein. Currently known genome sequences are incomplete.  Virions, antigenicity, and biology have not been reported. Members have been identified by high-throughput sequencing either in fungi or detected in the mycelial mass of oomycetes collected from plant lesions.

Species demarcation criteria

Members of different species in the genus differ by >30% in nucleoprotein amino acid sequence and by >30% in their coding-complete or complete genome nucleotide sequence.