Found in the North-east Atlantic from the Bay of Biscay to West Africa, including off-lying islands. Also present in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Demersal species present on rocky and sandy bottoms in depths of 0-50 m. Feeds predominately on seaweeds, benthic invertebrates, crustaceans and molluscs.
Most of the landings are by trammel nets, gill nets and hand lines.
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Estuaries are commonly used as nursery areas and young individuals can also found in seagrass beds.