Novel cyclovirus discovered in the Florida woods cockroach Eurycotis floridana (Walker)
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A novel cyclovirus (proposed genus “Cyclovirus”, family Circoviridae) was discovered in a specimen of Eurycotis floridana (Walker), also known as the Florida woods cockroach or palmetto bug, collected from Tarpon Springs, Florida. The Florida woods cockroach–associated cyclovirus GS140 (FWCasCyV-GS140) was obtained through a degenerate PCR assay and showed 64 % genome-wide pairwise identity to a cyclovirus identified in bat feces. This finding supports recent reports suggesting that Circoviridae members, traditionally thought to only infect vertebrates, are present within insect populations.
KeywordsFecal Matter Insect Prey Alternative Donor Number JX569794 Accession Number JX569794
The authors would like to thank Kelly Miller and Junior Girl Scout Troop 140 for assistance with insect collection. This research was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (DEB-1025915 and DEB-1239976).
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