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Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University

Core Faculty

Assistant Professor Shu-Ping Tseng
  • 發布單位:Department of Entomology


Population genetics and molecular biology of invasive/urban insect pests


Tel: +886-2-3366-5575


Lab: Urban/Invasive Insect Genetics Laboratory



Ph.D., Agricultural Science, Kyoto University, Japan (10/2016-03/2020)

M.S., Life Science, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan  (09/2009-01/2012)

B.S., Life Science, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan (09/2005-07/2009)

2022- present Assistant Professor at National Taiwan University

2020 - 2022 Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California, Riverside


Research interests:

Genetics, genomics and ecology of invasive/urban insect pests, and the applications of molecular methods in insect pest management.



Research Gate:



  1. Tseng, S. P., Darras, H., Hsu, P. W., Yoshimura, T., Lee, C. W., Wetterer, J. K., Keller, L. and Yang, C. C. S. (2022) Global genetic analysis reveals the putative native range and widespread double-clonal reproduction system in the invasive longhorn crazy ant. Molecular Ecology (In press: DOI: 10.1111/mec.16827).
  2. Liu, K.-L., Tseng, S. P., Tatsuta, H., Tsuji, K., Tay, J.-W., Singham, V., Yang, C. C. S., Neoh, K. B. (2022) Population genetic structure and invasion history of the globally-introduced big-headed ant in Taiwan and its invasive range within the island system. Ecology and Evolution. (In press: DOI: 10.1002/ece3.9660).
  3. Lum, J.-Y., Chiu, M.-C., Tseng, S. P., Yang, C. C. S., and Lee, C. C. (2022) Anthropogenic influence on the distribution of the longlegged ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Economic Entomology. (Accepted)
  4. Hsu, P. W., Lee, C. C., Hsu, F. C., Tseng, S. P., Shih, C. H., Yang, C. C. S., and Lin, C. C. Invasion of the little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger, 1863) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Taiwan. BioInvasions Records, vol. 11, 864‒875.
  5. Tseng, S. P., Taravati, S., Choe, D. H., Rust, M., and Lee, C. Y. (2022). Genetic evidence for multiple invasions of Coptotermes formosanus (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae) in California. Journal of Economic Entomology, vol. 115, 1251-1256.                                                      
  6. Hsu, F. C., Tseng, S. P., Hsu, P. W., Lu, C. W., Yang, C. C. S., and Lin, C. C. (2022) Introduction of a non-native lineage is linked to the recent black cocoa ant Dolichoderus thoracicus (Smith, 1860) outbreaks in Taiwan. Taiwania, vol. 67, 271‒279.
  7. Tseng, S. P., Boone, J., Boone, L., King, N., Taravati, S., Choe, D. H., and Lee, C. Y. (2021). Genetic analysis of Formosan subterranean termite (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae) populations in California. Journal of Economic Entomology, vol. 114, 1264-1269.
  8. Wikantyoso, B., Tseng, S. P., Himmi, S. K., Yusuf, S., and Yoshimura, T. (2021). Morphometric analysis of Coptotermes spp. soldier caste (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae) in Indonesia and evidence of Coptotermes gestroi extreme head-capsule shapes. Insects, vol. 12, 1-24.
  9. Lee, C. C., Lin, C. Y., Tseng, S. P., Matsuura, K., and Yang, C. C. S. (2020). Ongoing coevolution of Wolbachia and a widespread invasive ant, Anoplolepis gracilipesMicroorganisms, vol. 8, 1569.
  10. Tseng, S. P., Hsu, P. W., Lee, C. C., Wetterer, J. K , Sylvain, H., Wu, L. H., Lee, C. Y., Yoshimura, T.,  and Yang, C. C. S. (2020). Evidence for common horizontal transmission of Wolbachia among ants and ant crickets: kleptoparasitism added to the list. Microorganisms, vol. 8, 1–11.
  11. Hsu, P. W., Hugel, S., Wetterer, J. K., Tseng, S. P., Ooi, C. S. M., Lee, C. Y., and Yang, C. C. S. (2020). Ant crickets (Orthoptera: Myrmecophilidae) associated with the invasive yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): evidence for cryptic species and potential co-introduction with hosts. Myrmecological News, vol. 30, 103–129.
  12. Lee, Y., Lin, J. ‐W., Tseng, S. P., Chen, T. S. and Lin, S. M. (2019). Human disturbance as a possible cause of genetic introgression from exotic into native Mauremys turtles. Animal Conservation, vol. 22, 556–567.
  13. Tseng, S. P., Wetterer, J. K., Suarez, A.V., Lee, C. Y., Yoshimura, T., Shoemaker, D. and Yang, C. C. S. (2019). Genetic diversity and Wolbachia infection patterns in a globally distributed invasive ant. Frontiers in Genetics, vol. 10, 838.
  14. Tseng, S. P., Darras, H., Lee, C. Y., Yoshimura, T., Keller, L. and Yang, C. C. S. (2019). Isolation and characterization of novel microsatellite markers for a globally distributed invasive ant Paratrechina longicornis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). European Journal of Entomology, vol. 116, 253–257.
  15. Guswenrivo, I., Tseng, S. P., Yang, C. C. S. and Yoshimura, T. (2018). Development of multiplex nested PCR for simultaneous detection of ectoparasitic fungi Laboulbeniopsis termitarius and Antennopsis gallica on Reticulitermes speratus (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, vol. 111, 1330–1336.
  16. Tseng, S. P. and Yang, C. C. S. (2017). Comment on Seri Masran and Ab Majid 2017. Journal of Medical Entomology, vol. 54, 1107–1108.
  17. Tseng, S. P., Lin, Y. Y., Yang, Y. C., Wang, Y. and Lin, W. L. (2017). Injury feigning in the Savanna Nightjar: a test of the vulnerability and brood value hypotheses. Journal of Ornithology, vol. 158, 507–516.
  18. Lee, C. C., Nakao, H., Tseng, S. P., Hsu, H. W., Lin, G. L., Tay, J. W., Billen, J., Ito, F., Lee, C.Y., Lin, C. C. and Yang, C. C. S. (2017). Worker reproduction of the invasive yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipesFrontiers in Zoology, vol. 14, 1-12.
  19. Tseng, S. P., Wang, C. J., Li, S. H., Lue, K. Y. and Lin, S. M. (2015). Within island speciation with an exceptional case of distinct separation between two sibling lizard species divided by a narrow stream. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 90, 64–175.
  20. Tseng, S. P., Li, S. H., Hsieh, C. H., Wang, H. Y. and Lin, S. M. (2014). Influence of gene flow on divergence dating implications for the speciation history of Takydromus grass lizards. Molecular Ecology, vol. 23, 4770–4784.
  21. Tseng, S. P., Wang, H. Y. and Lin, S. M. (2012). Isolation and characterization of sixteen nuclear intron markers for a larcertid genus Takydromus. (on Permanent genetic resources added to molecular ecology resources database 1 April 2012 – 31 May 2012. Molecular Ecology Resources, vol. 12, 972-974.)