Distributed along the North-east Atlantic from North Sea and west of the British Islands to West Africa. Also found in the Mediterranean Sea.
Inhabits various types of bottoms, mostly sandy and seagrass beds down to 500 m below the surface. Omnivorous but feeds mainly on worms, molluscs and crustaceans.
Caught mainly by vessels using bottom trawl, longlines and gill nets.
DID YOU KNOW
This species is a protandric hermaphrodite – it begins male and between ages of 2 and 7 it becomes female.