Virus Taxonomy

Classification and Nomenclature of Viruses

of the 
International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses


Andrew M.Q. King, Michael J. Adams, Eric B. Carstens, 
and Elliot J. Lefkowitz

International Union of Microbiological Societies 
Virology Division

Copyright © 2012 International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.

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Cover design: Coccolithoviruses (family Phycodnaviridae) released from the ubiquitous, chalk-covered marine alga Emiliania huxleyi. Phytoplankton are the foundation of the oceanic food chain and their viruses are an essential component of it. Despite their importance, however, these viruses remain largely uncharacterized. (Based on an illustration by Glynn Gorick in collaboration with Willie Wilson.)