Its approximately 2.5cm in length. Found in Comporta, Portugal.
Wow, what a fantastic spider. 🙂 Looks like a Velvet Spider Eresidae/Eresus. I haven’t found a spot-on match for it yet, the closest I see is Eresus solitarius and this looks like it could be something else.
Thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction, definitely an Eresus I would say…?
It seems far less common to find the b/w colouration, I’ve only so far found a few (slightly less than reliable) sources, most of which suggest this might be a male? Lets see what some further research uncovers… !