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Virus classification e
(unranked): Virus
Realm: Varidnaviria
Kingdom: Helvetiavirae
Phylum: Dividoviricota
Class: Laserviricetes
Order: Halopanivirales
Family: Sphaerolipoviridae
Genus: Alphasphaerolipovirus

Alphasphaerolipovirus is a genus of double stranded DNA viruses that infect haloarchaea.[1] The genus contains four species.


The genus contains the following species:[2]


The name Halosphaerovirus was also proposed for this genus.[3]


  1. ^ Pawlowski A, Rissanen I, Bamford JK, Krupovic M, Jalasvuori M (2014). "Gammasphaerolipovirus, a newly proposed bacteriophage genus, unifies viruses of halophilic archaea and thermophilic bacteria within the novel family Sphaerolipoviridae" (PDF). Arch Virol. 159 (6): 1541–1554. doi:10.1007/s00705-013-1970-6. PMID 24395078.
  2. ^ "Virus Taxonomy: 2020 Release". International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). March 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. ^ Porter K, Tang SL, Chen CP, Chiang PW, Hong MJ, Dyall-Smith M (2013) PH1: An archaeovirus of Haloarcula hispanica related to SH1 and HHIV-2. Archaea 2013: 456318