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Virus Taxonomy – 1999
R. Pringle [Arch Virol (1999) 144: 421–426]
The following amendments are necessary to the text of the article reviewing the updated
version of the Universal System of Virus Taxonomy recently ratified by the International
Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
1. On page 427, the dashes signifying “unassigned” adjacent to the genera Polerovirus and
Enamovirus should not be there. These two genera, together with the genus Luteovirus,
comprise the family Luteoviridae.
2. On page 424, standard English spelling has been applied to the names of several viruses
included in the family Retroviridae. In fact, it is customary to employ the non-standard
English spelling of these names used by the virologists who described these viruses
originally. Therefore, Avian leucosis virus should be Avian leukosis virus, Mouse mamma-
ry tumour virus should be Mouse mammary tumor virus, Murine leukaemia virus should be
Murine leukemia virus, and Bovine leukaemia virus should be Bovine leukemia virus.
How to write the names of virus species
V. Van Regenmortel [Arch Virol (1999) 144: 1041–1042]
Two printing errors occurred in above-mentioned paper: on p. 1041, 3rd paragraph, the
sentence beginning with “However, taxonomic names …” should habe been printed as
follows (amendments highlighted):
However, taxonomic names are not appropriate when referring to physical entities like the
virions found in a preparation or seen in an electron micrograph.
In addition, the reference on p. 1042, 3rd paragraph, line 3 should be , not .