Found in the North-east Atlantic from the North Sea and west of the British Isles to West Africa, including off-lying islands. Also found in the Mediterranean Sea.
Benthopelagic species present in rocky, gravel, sandy and muddy bottoms from inshore waters of 20 m down to depths of 300 m. It mainly feeds on invertebrates and fish.
Caught mainly with bottom trawls, beach seines, trammel nets and gill nets.
DID YOU KNOW
This species is a protogynic hermaphrodite - it begins life female and then becomes a male.