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on trees and support[edit]

There is an excellent likelihood that any newly published arthropod phylogeny will change -sometimes radically- certain groupings with varying degrees of support for each grouping (ML, Bayesian, etc) ranging from strong to insignificant. Rather than heedlessly cater to the phylogeny du jour, I argue this template should show some conservatism to better withstand future changes, and of course, facilitate reader navigation (the ultimate purpose of any navbox). In particular, the recent template changes to myriapods group Centipedes with Millipedes, a grouping based on a weakly supported tree in Miyazawa et al. (2014) who state that only the position of Symphyla is well-resolved, while "relationships among the remaining three classes could not be resolved due to low node support." I realize there is always room for debate about which tree or classification system to use, but urge that only well-supported schemes with strong, secondary support (e.g. multiple confirmation) be used when possible. I'm less familiar with recent advancements in pancrustacean classification, but my sentiments remain the same. If there is significant disagreement between multiple, well-supported trees, then perhaps it would prudent to eschew the hierarchical scheme and simply list descendent taxa (e.g. simply list all 4 myriapod classes unsorted, as was previously the case). FUTON bias and recentism bias should also be kept in mind.--Animalparty-- (talk) 21:34, 8 August 2014 (UTC)


A short note, I would be very grateful if editors who know what is contained within this template could try and make it more readable. As a lay reader I can barely understand it at all. Some ways readability could be improved:

  • Remove special formatting (vertical text, 'small' and 'large' text)
  • Renaming the title to make it lay-reader friendly
  • Giving more prominence to terms lay readers are familiar with

I am sure editors have put a lot of effort into this template, for which I thank them, but it could be improved. Cheers, --Tom (LT) (talk) 01:00, 14 January 2015 (UTC)