Monographs Details: Anacystis distans 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:Microcystaceae
Description:Species Description - Colonies 20-35 µ diam., spherical, of gelatinous consistency, free; cells spherical, about 2 µ diam., very pale aeruginous, 16-32, rarely 64, in a colony, considerably separated from each other, usually 2-3 times their diameter; resting spores unknown; sheath homogeneous throughout the colony, ample, somewhat gelatinous.

Distribution and Ecology - Growing among other species of Myxophyceae on a water pipe by a flume near Maricao, no. 1155 e, type; and 1148 b; on limestone between Arecibo and Utuado, no. 1465 a.

Discussion:

From the descriptions and figures of Gloeocapsa punctata Naeg., Anacystis distans is very closely related to it, but the colonies are larger and have more cells, which are more nearly of uniform size. From all appearances G. punctata Naeg. is a true Anacystis, going through the same life cycle as the one described for this genus under Anacystis gigas in this paper.