Cheng, Ren-Chung  - Assistant Professor
Cheng, Ren-Chung Assistant Professor 繁體中文 English
Full-time teacher

Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Biology


Graduate from Major in Degree Period
University of Ljubljana Department of Biology Ph.D. 2011.11 - 2016.02
Tunghai University Department of Life Science Master 2004.09 - 2007.02
Tunghai University Department of Biology Bachelor 2000.09 - 2004.06

Experience / Honor

Organization Department Title Period
National Chung Hsing University Department of Life Sciences Assistant Professor 2018.08 -
National Taiwan University Institute of Oceanography Postdoctoral research fellow 2017.01 - 2018.07
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Jovan Hadži Institute of Biology Young researcher 2011.11 - 2016.12
Tunghai University Department of Life Science Research assistant 2008.05 - 2011.10


• Evolutionary and Comparative Biology: Character evolution; Correlation among different characters and ecological factors; Relative roles of sexual vs. natural selection.
• Biodiversity: Environmental influence on spider community structure, Faunistics, DNA barcoding
• Systematics: Phylogenetics and phylogenomics; Taxonomy of the spider families Nephilidae, Deinopidae, Araneidae, Liphistiidae, Salticidae
• Biogeography: Global and island biogeography; Phylogeography; Intermediate dispersal model.
• Behavioral Ecology: Sexual biology; Visual ecology; Predator-prey interaction; Mimicry

Journal Article

Mammola, S., Malumbres-Olarte, J., Arabesky, V. et al. 2022/08 The global spread of misinformation on spiders,Current Biology. vol.32, no.16, pp.R871–R873. (SCI)
Li YY, Tsai JM, Wu CY, Chiu YF, Li HY, Warrit N, Wan YC, Lin YP, Cheng RC and Su YC 2022/03 In silico assessment of probe-capturing strategies and effectiveness in the spider sub-lineage Araneoidea (Order: Araneae),Diversity. vol.14, no.3, pp.184. (SCI)
Mammola, S., Malumbres-Olarte, J., Arabesky, V. et al. 2022/03 An expert-curated global database of online newspaper articles on spiders and spider bites,Scientific Data. vol.9, pp.109. (SCI)
Yu KP,Kuntner M, Cheng RC 2022/02 Phylogenetic evidence for an independent origin of extreme sexual size dimorphism in a genus of araneid spiders (Araneae: Araneidae),Invertebrate Systematics. vol.36, no.1, pp.48-62. (SCI)
Turk E, Bond J, Cheng RC, Čandek K, Hamilton CA, Gregorič M, Kralj-Fišer S and Kuntner M 2021/10 A Natural Colonisation of Asia: Phylogenomic and Biogeographic History of Coin Spiders (Araneae: Nephilidae: Herennia),Diversity. vol.13, no.11, pp.515. (SCI)
Tseng WZ and Cheng RC 2021/06 First Record of Genus Phaeopholus Roelofs, 1873 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Hyperinae) in Taiwan,Taiwanese Journal of Entomological Studies. vol.6, no.2, pp.6-12. (其他)
Lo YY, Cheng RC and Lin CP 2021/02 Species delimitation and taxonomic revision of Oxyopes (Araneae: Oxyopidae) of Taiwan, with description of two new species,Zootaxa. vol.4927, no.1, pp.058–086. (SCI)
Kuntner M, Hamilton CA, Cheng RC, Gregoric M, Lupse N, Lokovsek T, Lemmon E, Lemmon A, Agnarsson I, Coddington JA, Bond JE. 2019/07 Golden orbweavers ignore biological rules: phylogenomic and comparative analyses unravel a complex evolution of sexual size dimorphism, Systematic Biology. vol.68, no.4, pp.555–572. (SCI)
Cheng RC, Zhang SC, Chen YC, Lee CY, Chou YL, Ye HY, Liao CP and Tso IM 2017 Nutrients-intake determines the post-maturity molting in the golden orb-web spider Nephila pilipes (Araneae: Nephilidae), Journal of Experimental Biology. vol.220(12), pp.2260-2264. (SCI)
Kuntner M, Cheng RC, Kralj-Fišer S, Liao CP, Schneider JM and Elgar MA 2016 The evolution of genital complexity and mating rates in sexually size dimorphic spiders, BMC Evolutionary Biology. vol.16, pp.242. (SCI)
Agnarsson I, LeQuier SM, Kuntner M, Cheng RC, Coddington JA and Binford G 2016 Mitochondrial phylogeography of Caribbean Argiope argentata and a new species from Cuba (Araneae: Araneidae), Zookeys. vol.625, pp.25-44. (SCI)
Kuntner M., Gregorič M, Cheng RC, and Li D 2016 Leaf masquerade in an orb web spider, Journal of Arachnology. vol.44(3), pp.397-400. (SCI)
Kralj-Fier S, Čandek K, Lokovšek T, Čelik T, Cheng RC, Elgar MA, and Kuntner M 2016 Mate choice and sexual size dimorphism, not personality, explain female aggression and sexual cannibalism in raft spiders,Animal Behavior. vol.111, pp.49-55. (SCI)
Gregorič M, Šuen K, Cheng RC, Kralj-Fišer S, and Kuntner M 2016 Spider behaviours include oral sexual encounters,Scientific Reports. vol.6, pp.25128. (SCI)
Coddington JA, Agnarsson I, Cheng RC, Čandek K, Driskell A, Frick H, Gregorič M, Kropf C, Kweskin M, Lokovšek T, Pipan M, Vidergar N, Kuntner M 2016 DNA barcode data accurately identify higher taxa,PeerJ. vol.4, pp.e2201. (SCI)
Lupše N, Cheng RC and Kuntner M 2016 Coevolution of female and a component of male genitalia to avoid genital size mismatches in sexually dimorphic spiders, BMC Evolutionary Biology. vol.16, pp.161. (SCI)
Kuntner M, Pristovšek U, Cheng RC, Li D , Zhang S, Tso IM, Liao CP, Miller J and Kralj-Fišer S 2015 Eunuch supremacy: Evolution of post-mating spider emasculation,Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. vol.69, no.1, pp.117-126. (SCI)
Cheng RC and Kuntner M 2015 Disentangling the size and shape components of sexual dimorphism,Evolutionary Biology. vol.42, no.2, pp.223-234. (SCI)
Xu X, Liu F, Cheng RC, Chen J, Xu X, Zhang Z, Ono H, Pham DS, Norma-Rashid Y, Arnedo MA, Kuntner M and Li D 2015 Extant primitively segmented spiders have recently diversified from an ancient lineage,Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. vol.282, no.1808, pp.20142486. (SCI)
Agnarsson I, Cheng RC and Kuntner M 2014 A multi-clade test supports the intermediate dispersal model of biogeography,PLoS One. vol.9, no.1, pp.e86780. (SCI)
Cheng RC and Kuntner M 2014 Phylogeny suggests nondirectional and isometric evolution of sexual size dimorphism in argiopine spiders,Evolution. vol.68, no.10, pp.2861-2872. (SCI)
Huang JN, Cheng RC, Li D and Tso IM 2011 Salticid predation as one potential driving force of ant mimicry in jumping spiders,Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. vol.278, no.1710, pp.1356-1364. (SCI)
Blamires SJ, Lai CH, Cheng RC, Liao CP, Shen PS and Tso IM 2011 Body spot coloration of a nocturnal sit-and-wait predator visually lures prey,Behavioral Ecology. vol.23, no.1, pp.69-74. (SCI)
Tseng HJ, Cheng RC, Wu SH, Blamires SJ and Tso IM 2011 Trap barricading and decorating by a well-armored sit-and-wait predator: Extra protection or prey attraction?,Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. vol.65, no.12, pp.2351-2359. (SCI)
Cheng RC, Yang EC, Lin PC, Herberstein ME, and Tso IM 2010 Insect form vision as one potential shaping force of spider web decoration design,Journal of Experimental Biology. vol.213, pp.759-768. (SCI)
Cheng RC and Tso IM 2007 Signaling by decorating webs: luring prey or deterring predators?,Behavioral Ecology. vol.18, no.6, pp.1085-1091. (SCI)
卓逸民、曾伶、莊智元、鄭任鈞 2005 陽明山國家公園不同地區蜘蛛多樣性之比較,國家公園學報. vol.15, no.1, pp.1-20. (其他)


Kuntner M and Cheng RC 2016 Evolutionary Pathways Maintaining Extreme Female-Biased Sexual Size Dimorphism: Convergent Spider Cases Defy Common Patterns,in Pontarotti P ed. Evolutionary Biology: Convergent Evolution, Evolution of Complex Traits, Concepts and Methods. Springer International Publishing, Cham. pp.121-133.

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