Present in the North-east Atlantic from the North Sea and west of the British Islands to West Africa. Also present in the Mediterranean Sea
Neritic benthic species usually found on rocky bottoms, coral reefs and seagrass beds from 0 to 200 m deep. It feeds mainly on molluscs and crustaceans.
Mainly captured in fisheries using hooks, lines, pots and otter trawls.
DID YOU KNOW
Using a network of pigment cells and specialized muscles in its skin, it can almost instantaneously match the colours, patterns, and even textures of its surroundings.