Changing Investigation Perspectives: Methods and Applications of Computed Tomography on Larger Benthic Foraminifera

  • Antonino Briguglio
  • Julia Wöger
  • Erik Wolfgring
  • Johann Hohenegger
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


The use of computed tomography to investigate the structure of Larger Benthic Foraminifera is presented. Several steps are required to obtain sharp and usable images with MicroCT machines. These steps are explained in detail along with select insights on larger foraminifera. This technique, which delivers three dimensional models, gives the operator the possibility to measure nearly every possible morphometric parameter on either a two- and three-dimensional basis.


tomography CT larger foraminifera ecology predation 



This work was developed within the project P 23459-B17 “Functional Test Morphology of Larger Benthic Foraminifera” of the Austrian Science Fund. We thank the Department of Paleontology for making the use of MicroCT possible and for providing a dedicated working station to analyze the datasets. We thank Joan Bernhard for her constructive comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonino Briguglio
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julia Wöger
    • 2
  • Erik Wolfgring
    • 3
  • Johann Hohenegger
    • 2
  1. 1.Natural History Museum ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of PaleontologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of Geodynamics and SedimentologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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