Taxonomical developments in the family Polyomaviridae

Arch Virol. 2011 Sep;156(9):1627-34. doi: 10.1007/s00705-011-1008-x. Epub 2011 May 12.


The Polyomaviridae Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has recommended several taxonomical revisions, as follows: The family Polyomaviridae, which is currently constituted as a single genus (Polyomavirus), will be comprised of three genera: two containing mammalian viruses and one containing avian viruses. The two mammalian genera will be designated Orthopolyomavirus and Wukipolyomavirus, and the avian genus will be named Avipolyomavirus. These genera will be created by the redistribution of species from the current single genus (Polyomavirus) and by the inclusion of several new species. In addition, the names of several species will be changed to reflect current usage.

MeSH terms

  • Phylogeny
  • Polyomaviridae / classification*
  • Polyomaviridae / genetics*
  • Terminology as Topic*