Pandoravirus salinus

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Pandoravirus salinus
Virus classification
Group: Group I (dsDNA)
(unranked): Nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses
Family: Pandoraviridae
Genus: Pandoravirus
Species: P. salinus

Pandoravirus salinus is a large virus of genus Pandoravirus, found in coastal sediments in Chile, and is one of the largest viruses identified, along with Pandoravirus dulcis. It is 2.5 million nucleobases long, encodes for about 2,500 genes, and is visible through an Optical microscope. It was first identified in 2013.[1]


  1. ^ Than, K. (18 July 2013). "Jumbo viruses hint at 'fourth domain' of life". Fox News. Retrieved 18 July 2013.