An iridovirus from the Antarctic seaspider Pentanymphon antarcticum (Pycnogonida)

Bojko, J.; Maxwell, J.M.; Burgess, A.L.; Nicado, L.; Federici, B.; Griffiths, H.J. ORCID:; Allcock, L.. 2024 An iridovirus from the Antarctic seaspider Pentanymphon antarcticum (Pycnogonida). Antarctic Science, 36 (2). 47-50.

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The Antarctic seaspider Pentanymphon antarcticum is a benthic species in the Southern Ocean, but little is known about its pathogen profile. In this study, we provide a draft genome for a new iridovirus species that has been identified using metagenomic techniques. The draft genome totals 157 260 bp and encodes 188 protein-coding genes. The virus shows greatest protein similarity to a ‘carnivorous sponge-associated iridovirus’ from a deep-sea sponge host. This study represents the first discovery of a pycnogonid iridovirus and the first iridovirus from the Antarctic region.

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ISSN: 0954-1020
Additional Keywords: invertebrate, Iridoviridae, marine, pathogen, Southern Hemisphere, virology
Date made live: 08 Apr 2024 10:23 +0 (UTC)

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