Monographs Details: Gloeocapsa quaternata 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.
Description:Species Description - Families composed of 2, more rarely of 4, cells, broadly ellipsoidal, 13-15 µ long, closely crowded together but not confluent; cells 3.5-4.2 µ diam. and 6.7 µ long without tegument, homogeneous, aeruginous; tegument vory distinctly lamellose, hyaline, becoming yellowish brown with age.
Distribution and Ecology - Growing on the wall of an old conservatory, San Juan, no. 131 a, type.
PLATE 3, FIGURE 27
The variety is to be distinguished from the species in having larger and ellipsoidal colonies, in having elongated cells and in having yellowish-brown tegument on the surface of the stratum when aged. The cells are distinctly elongated, a character not, strictly speaking, that of a typical Gloeocapsa, but the cells divide in three planes, thus excluding it from the genus Gloeothece.