Mediterranean Sea, Balck Sea, eastern Atlantic Ocean, to
south of England, around Azores and Madeira and
Canaries. Also South Africa and possibly Red Sea.
on rocks, posidonia beds, sandy and muddy bottoms.
Dwells in waters down to about 500m.
oval with a cone-shaped head and an opercula with 2 or 3
spines. They have 7-9 vertical dark-coloured bands on
their bodies and two lighter lengthwise stripes.
a solitary and territorial species that
can be found in couples during the mating season.
up to 40 cm.
they feed on small fish, crustaceans and small
hermaphrodite. Mediterranean Sea: April –
July; English Channel: July – August.
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