High-resolution computed tomography reconstructions of invertebrate burrow systems

Hale, Rachel, Boardman, Richard, Mavrogordato, Mark N., Sinclair, Ian, Tolhurst, Trevor J. and Solan, Martin (2015) High-resolution computed tomography reconstructions of invertebrate burrow systems. Scientific Data, 2. ISSN 2052-4463

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Abstract

The architecture of biogenic structures can be highly influential in determining species contributions to major soil and sediment processes, but detailed 3-D characterisations are rare and descriptors of form and complexity are lacking. Here we provide replicate high-resolution micro-focus computed tomography (μ-CT) data for the complete burrow systems of three co-occurring, but functionally contrasting, sediment-dwelling inter-tidal invertebrates assembled alone, and in combination, in representative model aquaria. These data (≤2,000 raw image slices aquarium−1, isotropic voxel resolution, 81 μm) provide reference models that can be used for the development of novel structural analysis routines that will be of value within the fields of ecology, pedology, geomorphology, palaeobiology, ichnology and mechanical engineering. We also envisage opportunity for those investigating transport networks, vascular systems, plant rooting systems, neuron connectivity patterns, or those developing image analysis or statistics related to pattern or shape recognition. The dataset will allow investigators to develop or test novel methodology and ideas without the need to generate a complete three-dimensional computation of exemplar architecture.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: 3-d reconstruction,animal behaviour,biooceanography,ecosystem ecology
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2015 00:02
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 21:03
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55510
DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2015.52

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