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(unranked): Virus
Realm: Varidnaviria
Kingdom: Helvetiavirae
Phylum: Dividoviricota
Class: Laserviricetes
Order: Halopanivirales
Family: Matshushitaviridae
Genus: Hukuchivirus

Hukuchivirus is a genus of double-stranded DNA viruses that infect thermophilic bacteria.[1] The genus was previously named Gammasphaerolipovirus.[2]


The genus contains the following species:[3]


The virus particle, called a virion, of viruses in the genus has a capsid that is icosahedral in shape. The capsid contains an internal lipid membrane between the capsid and the genome, which is in the center of the virion.


  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. ^ "ICTV Taxonomy history: Hukuchivirus". International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Virus Taxonomy: 2020 Release". International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). March 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2021.