Segmentation of abdominal chordotonal organs based on semithin serial sections in the Rhododendron leafhopper Graphocephala fennahi (Cicadomorpha: Cicadellidae)

• For mating, leafhoppers (Cicadellidae) use substrate-borne vibrational signals to communicate. We provide the first complete description of the abdominal chordotonal organs that enable the perception of these signals. This supplementary data provides the aligned stack of 450 semithin serial sections of the first and second abdominal segment of an adult male Rhododendron leafhopper (Graphocephala fennahi). Further, this supplementary data comprises the segmentation files of five chordotonal organs, the exoskeleton, the segmental nerves and the spiracles of the first and the second abdominal segment. Due to time limitations, the structures of only one half of the body were segmented. The specimen was caught by hand net in September 2018 in Berlin-Tiergarten, Germany. Samples were embedded in Araldite® 502 resin and cut transversally in 1 μm thick sections using a Leica ultramicrotome and a DIATOME Histo Jumbo 6.0 mm diamond knife. Sections were placed on microscopic slides and stained with methylene blue/azur II. The images were taken by means of a 3DHISTECH PANNORAMIC SCAN II slide scanner in the Institute of Pathology Charité in Berlin-Mitte, Germany. Images with a voxel size of 0.273809 μm x 0.273809 μm x 1 μm where obtained. The images were converted from MRXS-files to TIFF-files with the 3DHistech software Slide Converter 2.3. Using Photoshop, the images were cropped to the same canvas size and artefacts were removed. All further steps, such as alignment and segmentation, were done with the software Amira. In order to facilitate the further processing of the dataset, the voxels where resampled to a size of 0.547619 μm x 0.547619 μm x 1 μm.

Author: Sarah Ehlers, Andreas Wessel, Daniel Baum Research data Dataset 2021 Supplementary data to reproduce and understand the description of the morphology of the abdominal chordotonal organs in Graphocephala fennahi. September 2018 2021 Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany Graphocephala fennahi http://www.zib.de/ext-data/2021_Ehlers_et_al_Supplementary_Material.zip https://doi.org/10.12752/8326 Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International