Distributed in the North-east Atlantic from the Norwegian Sea and Iceland to West Africa, including off-lying islands. Present also in the Mediterranean Sea.
Present in depths ranging 40-1000 m. Inhabits irregular bottoms such as rocky reefs and caves. Its diet consists of large crustaceans, cephalopods and benthic fish.
Mainly caught in fisheries using pelagic drift-nets and longlines.
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Usually solitary but young individuals occasionally form small schools.