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Virus classification
Group: Group I (dsDNA)
Order: Herpesvirales
Family: Herpesviridae
Subfamily: Alphaherpesvirinae
Genus: Scutavirus
Type Species
  • Chelonid herpesvirus 5

Scutavirus is a genus of viruses in the order Herpesvirales, in the family Herpesviridae, in the subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae. Sea turtles serve as natural hosts. There is currently only one species in this genus: the type species Chelonid herpesvirus 5. Diseases associated with this genus include: fibropapillomatosis.[1][2]


Group: dsDNA



Viruses in Scutavirus are enveloped, with icosahedral, spherical to pleomorphic, and round geometries, and T=16 symmetry. The diameter is around 150-200 nm. Genomes are linear and non-segmented.[1]

Genus Structure Symmetry Capsid Genomic arrangement Genomic segmentation
Scutavirus Spherical Pleomorphic T=16 Enveloped Linear Monopartite

Life cycle[edit]

Viral replication is nuclear, and is lysogenic. Entry into the host cell is achieved by attachment of the viral gB, gC, gD and gH proteins to host receptors, which mediates endocytosis. Replication follows the dsDNA bidirectional replication model. DNA-templated transcription, with some alternative splicing mechanism is the method of transcription. The virus exits the host cell by nuclear egress, and budding. Sea turtles serve as the natural host.[1]

Genus Host details Tissue tropism Entry details Release details Replication site Assembly site Transmission
Scutavirus Sea turtles None Cell receptor endocytosis Budding Nucleus Nucleus Aerosol


  1. ^ a b c "Viral Zone". ExPASy. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b ICTV. "Virus Taxonomy: 2014 Release". Retrieved 12 August 2015.

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