Found in the North-east Atlantic from the Western Iberian Peninsula and southwards to West Africa, including off-lying islands and the Mediterranean Sea.
Benthopelagic gregarious species that inhabits sandy and rocky bottoms, most commonly between 5 to 20 m deep. Feeds on worms, molluscs, shrimps and seaweeds.
Most of the landings are by trammel nets, gill nets and hand lines.
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Adults are often present in the surf whilst younger individuals prefer brackish waters or littoral pools.