Special thanks for the foto to Vjekoslav Ticina, Croatia, Institute for Oceanography and Fisheries.
Eastern Atlantic: northern Portugal and throughout the Mediterranean to Madeira and South Africa. Reported from the Canary Islands. but occurrence needs verification.
Also in southwestern part of the Indian Ocean.
Found over soft bottoms of the shelf and the uppermost slope.
Depth range from 17-300 m, and up to depth of 462 m in the eastern Ionian Sea. Feed on all kinds of benthic animals, also on fish offal.
Oviparous. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother.
Eggs are oblong capsules with stiff pointed horns at the corners deposited in sandy or muddy flats.
Egg capsules are 4.2-4.6 cm long and 2.7-2.9 cm wide.
About 40-72 eggs are lain by an individual in a year.
Caught by ski-boat anglers.