Present in the North-east Atlantic from the North Sea to North-west Africa, including off-lying islands. Also present in the Mediterranean Sea.
Found from the shore to down to 200 m depth. It inhabits caves and crevices found in coralligenous and rocky bottoms. They feed on molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms.
Mainly captured in fisheries using trammel nets and traps.
DID YOU KNOW
Prior to mating, females attract males by making a strange clicking and creaking noise by rubbing the bases of their antennae.