Monographs Details: Aphanocapsa richteriana var. major N.L.Gardner
Authority: Gardner, Nathaniel L. 1927. New Myxophyceae from Porto Rico. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 7: 1-144. pl. 1-23.
Family:Merismopediaceae
Description:Species Description - Cells 3.6-4.5 µm diam., aggregated into very irregular, but definite colonies 2-3 mm. diam., elongating previous to division, pale aeruginous to greenish gray; tegument firm, honey-colored, more nearly hyaline on the interior, the tegument persisting on the surface of the colony around single cells or groups of 2-A, but not showing on the interior of the colony.

Distribution and Ecology - Growing on soil in the primeval forest by Hacienda Catalina, Palmer, no. 754 a, type.

Discussion:

PLATE 1, FIGURE 9

On the surface of the colonies of this species of Aphanocapsa the teguments persist and are plainly visible through two to three generations of cells before merging into the community tegument. That part of the colony resembles the genus Gloeofliecc, but on the interior of the colony there is no trace of the individual tegument. The cells are rarely, if ever, two times as long as broad, but are longer on the surface of the colony than in its interior, where they are spherical.