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Prorocentrum is a dinoflagellate genus containing several toxic and harmful species. Prorocentrum 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 it is usually considered harmless. It may excrete substances that inhibit diatom growth, but apparently these substances do not enter the food chain or affect organisms at higher trophic levels.