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A dataset describing brooding in three species of South African brittle stars, comprising seven high-resolution, micro X-ray computed tomography scans

Overview of attention for article published in Giga Science, November 2015
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Title
A dataset describing brooding in three species of South African brittle stars, comprising seven high-resolution, micro X-ray computed tomography scans
Published in
Giga Science, November 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13742-015-0093-2
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Authors

Jannes Landschoff, Anton Du Plessis, Charles L. Griffiths

Abstract

Brooding brittle stars have a special mode of reproduction whereby they retain their eggs and juveniles inside respiratory body sacs called bursae. In the past, studying this phenomenon required disturbance of the sample by dissecting the adult. This caused irreversible damage and made the sample unsuitable for future studies. Micro X-ray computed tomography (μCT) is a promising technique, not only to visualise juveniles inside the bursae, but also to keep the sample intact and make the dataset of the scan available for future reference. Seven μCT scans of five freshly fixed (70 % ethanol) individuals, representing three differently sized brittle star species, provided adequate image quality to determine the numbers, sizes and postures of internally brooded young, as well as anatomy and morphology of adults. No staining agents were necessary to achieve high-resolution, high-contrast images, which permitted visualisations of both calcified and soft tissue. The raw data (projection and reconstruction images) are publicly available for download from GigaDB. Brittle stars of all sizes are suitable candidates for μCT imaging. This explicitly adds a new technique to the suite of tools available for studying the development of internally brooded young. The purpose of applying the technique was to visualise juveniles inside the adult, but because of the universally good quality of the dataset, the images can also be used for anatomical or comparative morphology-related studies of adult structures.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 11 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Postgraduate 2 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 18%
Student > Bachelor 1 9%
Researcher 1 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 9%
Other 1 9%
Unknown 3 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 36%
Environmental Science 1 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 9%
Computer Science 1 9%
Engineering 1 9%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 3 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 79. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 March 2016.
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#90,085
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#12
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#6,153
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