I got one of those guys at Lowe's last evening, ID'd as the same. No way is it a Fero; I'm just hoping it's the Thelo. setispinus because I lost mine a while back. Besides those horrid strawflowers, which usually deter me from buying a cactus, it had several good buds on it. So we'll wait and see what shows up. Meanwhile, neither Anderson nor the Preston-Mafham dictionary mention v. hamatacanthus. Anderson does show a former/aka classification as Echinocactus, with Hamato. & Fero. as secondaries. Both Anderson and P-M now list it as Thelocactus.
Catch a falling star--but don't try it with a cactus!