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The viral genus Ophiovirus is characterized by an elongated and highly filamentous and flexible nucleocapsid with helical symmetry.
Virus capsid is not enveloped and have a constant diameter of 1500-2500 nm and a width of 3 nm, or 9 nm. They form kinked circles, which can collapse to form linear duplex structures, much like a spring. The entire genome is 1100-1200 nucleotides long.
The best studied species under this genus is the Citrus psorosis virus.
- ↑ ICTVdB Management (2006). 00.094.0.01. Ophiovirus. In: ICTVdB - The Universal Virus Database, version 4. Büchen-Osmond, C. (Ed), Columbia University, New York, USA.
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