Northwest Atlantic: off southern Greenland and Canada. Northeast Atlantic: Barents Sea and Iceland to Morocco. Mediterranean Sea: northwestern Mediterranean only.
Occurs mainly on rocky bottoms in fairly deep water. Found more commonly from 100 to 400 m. Feeds on fish (cod, herring, flatfish), lobsters, cephalopods and starfishes.
Principal spawning areas are Biscay, slopes west of the British Isles and off the Faeroes and southern Icelan