Found in the North-east Atlantic from the Norwegian Sea and Iceland to North-west Africa, including off-lying islands. Also present in the Mediterranean Sea.
Benthopelagic species found in sandy, rocky and muddy bottoms down to 650 m, also recorded as far as 1050 m. Their diet consists of fish and invertebrates.
Caught mainly as by-catch in demersal trawl, longline and trammel net fisheries.
DID YOU KNOW
The first part of the binomial scientific name, Phycis, derives from the Greek, phykon, which means seaweed; because it was thought they prefer this type of habitat.