Archives of Virology

, Volume 162, Issue 11, pp 3529–3534 | Cite as

Discovery of new orbiviruses and totivirus from Anopheles mosquitoes in Eastern Australia

  • Agathe M. G. Colmant
  • Kayvan Etebari
  • Cameron E. Webb
  • Scott A. Ritchie
  • Cassie C. Jansen
  • Andrew F. van den Hurk
  • Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann
  • Jody Hobson-Peters
  • Sassan Asgari
  • Roy A. Hall
Brief Report


Three new viruses classifiable within the Totivirus and Orbivirus genera were detected from Anopheles mosquito species collected in Eastern Australia. The viruses could not be isolated in C6/36 mosquito cell cultures but were shown to replicate in their mosquito hosts by small RNA analysis. The viruses grouped phylogenetically with other viruses recently detected in insects. These discoveries contribute to a better understanding of commensal viruses in Australian mosquitoes and the evolution of these viruses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Agathe M. G. Colmant
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kayvan Etebari
    • 2
    • 3
  • Cameron E. Webb
    • 4
    • 5
  • Scott A. Ritchie
    • 6
    • 7
  • Cassie C. Jansen
    • 8
  • Andrew F. van den Hurk
    • 9
  • Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jody Hobson-Peters
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sassan Asgari
    • 2
    • 3
  • Roy A. Hall
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Molecular BiosciencesThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre (AIDRC), The University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  3. 3.School of Biological SciencesThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Medical Entomology, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services, NSW Health PathologyWestmead HospitalWestmeadAustralia
  5. 5.Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and BiosecurityUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  6. 6.College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary SciencesJames Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia
  7. 7.Australian Institute of Tropical Health and MedicineJames Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia
  8. 8.Metro North Public Health UnitMetro North Hospital and Health ServiceWindsorAustralia
  9. 9.Public Health Virology, Forensic and Scientific Services, Department of HealthQueensland GovernmentCoopers PlainsAustralia

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