is a family of enveloped viruses with a linear dsDNA genome. The virions are ellipsoidal, and contain a multi-layered spool-like capsid. The viral genome is presumably replicated through protein priming by a putative DNA polymerase encoded by the virus. Progeny virions are released through hexagonal openings resulting from the rupture of virus-associated pyramids formed on the surface of infected cells. The only known host is a hyperthermophilic archaeon of the genus . This is a summary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Report on the family which is available at ictv.global/report/ovaliviridae.

Keyword(s): ICTV Report , Ovaliviridae and taxonomy
This study was supported by the:
  • Wellcome Trust (Award WT108418AIA)
    • Principle Award Recipient: ICTVConsortium

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