Present in the North-east Atlantic ranging from the Norwegian Sea and Iceland to the Iberian Peninsula. Also present in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Benthopelagic species present at depths of 10-200 m. It inhabits rocky, muddy and sandy bottoms. Its diet consists of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and polychaetes.
Most of the landings are by bottom trawlers, lines, and seine nets.
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Young individuals inhabit coastal waters and after the first year of life they migrate out to the open sea.