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Virus classification
Group: Group I (dsDNA)
Family: Marseilleviridae


Marseilleviridae is a family of double stranded DNA viruses. It is a member of the nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses clade.


The first member of this genus was described in 2012.


There is one genus (Marseillevirus) in this family and one species within this genus currently recognised. It was originally grouped with the Mimivirus but subsequent studies showed it to be only distantly related.

Additional species have since been recognised.[1] The first member of this family recognised has been named Acanthamoeba polyphaga marseillevirus. A second member is Acanthamoeba castellanii lausannevirus. Two additional viruses have been isolated but have yet to be named. Another member of this family has been isolated from blood donors.[2] An isolate from insects – Insectomime virus – has also been reported.[3]


  1. ^ Colson P, Pagnier I, Yoosuf N, Fournous G, La Scola B, Raoult D (2012) "Marseilleviridae", a new family of giant viruses infecting amoebae. Arch Virol
  2. ^ Popgeorgiev N, Boyer M, Fancello L, Monteil S, Robert C, Rivet R, Nappez C, Azza S, Chiaroni J, Raoult D, Desnues C (2013) Giant blood Marseillevirus recovered from asymptomatic blood donors. J Infect Dis
  3. ^ Boughalmi M, Pagnier I, Aherfi S, Colson P, Raoult D, La Scola B. First isolation of a Marseillevirus in the Diptera Syrphidae Eristalis tenax. Intervirology 56(6):386-394 doi: 10.1159/000354560