Prorocentrum compressum   (Bailey, 1850) Abe ex Dodge,  1975 (Dinoflagellate)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Peridinea

Image Copyrights: Mats Kuylenstierna & Bengt Karlson

Broadly ovate cell in valve view and with two spine-like extensions near periflagellar area.

Synonym (s)
Prorocentrum bidens Schiller, 1928

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Produces dangerous toxins,when in large numbers, called "red tides" that make water change color due to abundance of cells. Produce non-fatal or fatal amounts of toxins in predators (particularly shellfish) that may be eaten by humans.)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal
Predator:  marine microorganisms and animal larvae


• Kerala, Punnapra INDIA
• East Coast (Lat: 10) (Long: 79) INDIA (Record: 01/1999-08/2002)
• East Coast (Lat: 21) (Long: 94) INDIA (Record: 01/1999-08/2002)

Literature Source(s)
  • Sanilkumar, M G; Dr.Joseph, K J; Dr. Saramma, A V (2009) Planktonic Microalgae Microalgae in the Southwest Coast of India 34-114 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • SMHI Available at -
  • Madhav, GV and Kondalarao, B (2004) Distribution of phytoplankton in the coastal waters of east coast of India Indian Journal of Marine Sciences CSIR, New Delhi 33(3) 262-268 Available at -

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