A Critique on Naomi's Phylogeny and Higher Classification of Staphylinidae and Allies (Coleoptera)
Newton, Alfred F. Jr.; Thayer, Margaret K.
A phylogenetic analysis and new family-level classification of Staphylinidae and allied families, proposed by Naomi in 1985, is critically reviewed. Although some of his new characters are found promising, examples are given of numerous problems with the phylogenetic analysis, including inadequate sampling, arbitrary use of the concept of "underlying autapomorphy" and careless gathering and analysis of data. The resulting radically new division of Staphylinidae into 3 families (the names of 2 of which are junior synonyms) is not justified by Naomi's analysis, and his classification is rejected.