Distributed along the North-east Atlantic, from the White Sea to North-west Africa, including the Baltic Sea. Also found in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Benthic species found at shallow soft bottom beds in depths of 1-100 m. Also found in brackish water, rivers and lakes. Its diet consists of fish and invertebrates.
Mainly fished using beam trawls, otter trawls and passive gears such as gillnets.
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The colour of the body, although generally brown, depends on its habitat. Threatened animals usually change to a pale colour.