Database details

Full name:

International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, VIIIth Report 2005

Short name:



Jul 2007

Release date:

July 4th, 2007


EJ Lefkowitz, CM Fauquet, MA Mayo, J Maniloff, U Desselberger, C Büchen-Osmond and LA Ball

Taxonomic coverage:


Number of species names:

1,906 accepted names; 0 synonyms

Number of infraspecies names:

0 accepted names; 0 synonyms

Number of common names:


Total number of names:



The International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) has charged the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) with the task of developing, refining, and maintaining a universal virus taxonomy. The goal is to categorize the multitude of known viruses into a single classification scheme that reflects their phylogenies. The most recent report of the ICTV: "Virus Taxonomy: VIIIth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses", 2005, Elsevier Academic Press, is the definitive reference for virus taxonomy. The ICTVdb, C Büchen-Osmond and I Lipkin (eds), is the Universal Database of the ICTV, and provides database records detailing the properties of virus isolates including genomic data, morphology, hosts, and epidemiology. It is the taxonomic reference for viral sequence data in GenBank and UniProt.


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