Found in moderately deep waters, most common over rock, gravel or sand bottoms near the edge of the continental and island shelves. Young fish occur in shallower depths (below 25 m). Often forms large schools, particularly the young. Feeds on fishes, shrimps, crabs, polychaetes, other benthic invertebrates, cephalopods and planktonic organisms. Good food fish (Ref. 9626).