In the Caribbean islands, adaptation to several common habitats has led to a large adaptive radiation with interesting examples of convergent evolution.
Hawaiian stick spiders re-evolve the same three guises every time they island hop
This picture shows an undescribed species of Ariamnes from Molokai, Hawaiian Archipelago. Gillespie et al. describe an adaptive radiation of stick spiders that demonstrate repeated evolution of a discrete set of ecomorphs -- gold (shown here), dark, and matte white. The deterministic evolution of forms is associated with camouflage against a limited set of island predators, reduced dispersal and cursoriality, coupled with conserved pathways of color formation.
the membrane is the result of research into the space memory alloy nitinol -- nickel and titanium -- which was used to develop a passive kinetic motor capable of adapting in response to environmental cues.
The Ecology of Adaptive Radiation (Oxford Series in Ecology & Evolution) by Dolph Schluter. Save 13 Off!. $56.75. Publication: December 7, 2000. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (December 7, 2000). Author: Dolph Schluter. Edition - 1