Prorocentrum spp.

Prorocentrum cell. Photo credit Kudela Lab

Toxin Produced: none reported for our region

Syndrome: none described

Prorocentrum is a dinoflagellate genus containing several toxic and harmful species. P. micans is one of the most common species in the genus Prorocentrum and is found in cold temperate to tropical waters. This species forms extensive red tides in many parts of the world, though blooms are usually harmless. It may excrete substances that inhibit diatom growth, but these substances do not enter the food chain or affect organisms at higher trophic levels.