Distributed along the North-east Atlantic from the North Sea southwards to West Africa. Also present in the Mediterranean Sea.
Dermersal and neritic species found to depths of 400 m on sandy and muddy bottoms. Their varied diet consists of fish, cephalopods, crustaceans and polychaetes.
Caught mainly by multi-species trawling fisheries and by hand-line jigs fisheries.
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Adult individuals have small chromatophores on the mantle which allows them to change colour, i.e. for camouflage.