Professor Tsang Ling Ming


(Office): Rm 201A,  Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory
(Lab): Rm 106, Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory

People TLM 


(Office): (852) 3943 3057
(Lab): (852) 3943 6017

Fax (852) 2603 5391
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2010 PhD (Biology), The Chinese University of  Hong Kong
2007 MPhil (Biology), The Chinese University of  Hong Kong
2005 BSc (Biology), The Chinese University of  Hong Kong


  • 2018-present     Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2016-2018         Associate Professor, Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University
  • 2013-2016         Assistant Professor, Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University
  • 2010-2013         Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

  • Biogeography and conservation genetic
  • Evolution and phylogeny of crustaceans
  • Molecular ecology of marine animals

Representative Publications

  1.  Tsang LM, Ahyong ST, Shih H-T, Ng PKL (2018) Further polyphyly of pinnotheroid crabs: the molecular phylogenetic position of the polychaete-associated Aphanodactylidae. Invertebrate Systematics 32:92-99.
  2. Chan BKK, Corbari L, Rodriguez Moreno PA, Tsang LM* (2017) Molecular phylogeny of the lower acorn barnacle families (Bathylasmatidae, Chionelasmatidae, Pachylasmatidae and Waikalasmatidae) (Cirripedia: Balanomorpha) with evidence for revisions in family classification. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 180:542-555.
  3. Tsang LM, Tsoi KH, Chan SKF, Chan TKT, Chu KH (2017) Strong genetic differentiation among populations of the freshwater shrimp Caridina cantonensis in Hong Kong: implications for conservation of freshwater fauna in urban areas. Marine and Freshwater Research 68:187-194.
  4. Tsang LM, Chu KH, Achituv Y, Chan BKK (2015) Molecular phylogeny of the acorn barnacle family Tetraclitidae (Cirripedia: Balanomorpha: Tetraclitoidea): validity of shell morphology and arthropodal characteristics in the systematics of Tetraclitid barnacles. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 82:324-329.
  5. Tsang LM, Chu KH, Nozawa Y, Chan BKK (2014) Morphological and host specificity evolution in coral symbiont barnacles (Balanomorpha: Pyrgomatidae) inferred from a multi-locus phylogeny. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 77:11-22.
  6. Tsang LM, Schubart CD, Ahyong ST, Lai JCY, Au EYC, Chan TY, Ng PKL, Chu KH (2014) Evolutionary history of true crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) and the origin of freshwater crabs. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31:1173-1187.
  7. Tsang LM, Chan BKK, Williams GA, Chu KH (2013) Who is moving where? Molecular evidence reveals patterns of range shift in the acorn barnacle, Hexechamaesipho pilsbryi, in Asia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 488:187-200.
  8. Tsang LM, Chan T-Y, Ahyong ST, Chu KH (2011) Hermit to king, or hermit to all: Multiple transitions to crab-like forms from hermit crab ancestors. Systematic Biology 60:616-629.
  9. Tsang LM, Chan BKK, Shih F-L, Chu KH, Chen AC-L (2009). Host associated speciation in the coral barnacle Wanella milleporae (Cirripedia: Pygomatidae) inhabiting the Millepora coral. Molecular Ecology 18:1463-1475.
  10. Tsang LM, Chan BKK, Ma KY, Chu KH (2008). Genetic differentiation, hybridization and adaptive divergence in two subspecies of the acorn barnacle, Tetraclita japonica, in NW Pacific. Molecular Ecology 17: 4136-4148.

Research Grants

  • 2017-2020, Research Grants Council (RGC) Earmarked Grants, Understanding the evolutionary ecology of brachyuran crabs: a transcriptomic approach, HK$970,371, co-I (PI: Prof Ka Hou Chu).
  • 2017-2020, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Evolutionary analysis on crustacean transcription factors and their functions, RMB190,000, co-I (PI: Dr Qing Jing).
  • 2016-2018       Environment and Conservation Fund, Genetic diversity and population structure of freshwater Caridina and Neocaridina shrimps in Hong Kong, HK$1,651,200, co-I (PI: Prof Ka Hou Chu).
  • 2015-2018, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan, Phylogenomic study of the true crab, Brachyura (Crustacea: Decapoda), NTW$3,510,000, PI.
  • 2014-2015, National Science Council (NSC), Taiwan, Darwin’s model organism of Evolution: Phylogeny of the acorn barnacles (Cirripedia: Balanomorpha), NTW$1,940,000, PI.
  • 2014-2015, National Science Council (NSC), Taiwan, Comparative phylogeography of East Asian crabs using a multi-locus approach: The role of adult habitat specificity in shaping genetic structure of coastal fauna, NTW$1,200,000, PI.


  • 2012, Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award, in the category of Natural Sciences (Second Class), from the Ministry of Education (MoE), China