Taxonomy of the family Arenaviridae and the order Bunyavirales: update 2018

Arch Virol. 2018 Aug;163(8):2295-2310. doi: 10.1007/s00705-018-3843-5. Epub 2018 Apr 21.


In 2018, the family Arenaviridae was expanded by inclusion of 1 new genus and 5 novel species. At the same time, the recently established order Bunyavirales was expanded by 3 species. This article presents the updated taxonomy of the family Arenaviridae and the order Bunyavirales as now accepted by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) and summarizes additional taxonomic proposals that may affect the order in the near future.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arenaviridae / classification*
  • Arenaviridae / genetics
  • Arenaviridae / isolation & purification
  • Arenaviridae Infections / veterinary
  • Arenaviridae Infections / virology
  • Humans
  • Phylogeny