Chunky dark spider with orthogonal jaws moving steadily along a tarmac path. Dartmoor
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Is this the male? I think so because it seems to have a hardened area on the abdomen. Sept / Oct is the peak period during which males look for females (apparently).
Yes a male Alan, it had modified palps, but they weren't exactly obvious, and none of my pictures show them.
Despite having a good butchers with a x10 I'd missed the scutum!
Thanks for pointing that out.
What impressed me most, (apart from a brief threat display) was that this was a male, and, as he was a stout little fellow, the female must be a very impressive beast.
they are impressive. I've only seen one, back in May, and that was impressive even though it may have been a young one. I've been back to look for males recently, without success.
Lat/Lng: 50.5, -3.9
OS grid ref: SX6969