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(unranked): Virus
Realm: Riboviria
Kingdom: Pararnavirae
Phylum: Artverviricota
Class: Revtraviricetes
Order: Ortervirales
Family: Caulimoviridae
Genus: Cavemovirus

Cavemovirus is a genus of viruses, in the family Caulimoviridae order Ortervirales. Plants serve as natural hosts. There are three species in this genus. Diseases associated with this genus include: vein-clearing or banding mosaic.[1][2]


The genus contains the following species:[2]


Viruses in Cavemovirus are non-enveloped, with icosahedral geometries, and T=7 symmetry. The diameter is around 50 nm. Genomes are circular and non-segmented. The genome codes for 5 proteins.[1]

Genus Structure Symmetry Capsid Genomic arrangement Genomic segmentation
Cavemovirus Icosahedral T=7 Non-enveloped Circular Monopartite

Life cycle[edit]

Viral replication is nuclear/cytoplasmic. Replication follows the dsDNA (RT) replication model. dsDNA (RT) transcription is the method of transcription. The virus exits the host cell by nuclear pore export, and tubule-guided viral movement. Plants serve as the natural host. The virus is transmitted via a vector (aphid insects). Transmission routes are mechanical.[1]

Genus Host details Tissue tropism Entry details Release details Replication site Assembly site Transmission
Cavemovirus Plants None Viral movement; mechanical inoculation Viral movement Nucleus Cytoplasm Mechanical inoculation: aphids


  1. ^ a b c "Viral Zone". ExPASy. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Virus Taxonomy: 2020 Release". International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). March 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.

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