Found along the North-east Atlantic from the Norwegian Sea and Iceland down to North-west Africa. Also found in the western Mediterranean Sea.
Commonly found on rocky, sandy and muddy bottoms from 150 m down to 700 m. Omnivorous but mostly feeds on crustaceans, molluscs, worms and fish.
Mostly caught using bottom trawl, handline, longline, trammel net and gill nets.
DID YOU KNOW
This species is a protandric hermaphrodite, which means it is first a male and between ages of 2 and 7 it becomes female.