The forkbeard fish is a species that lives at a depth of 15 to 600 metres, in rocky substrates that neighbour with stretches of sand and mud. It is a nocturnal species and usually hides in rock cavities during the day time.
A forkbeard can exceed 60 cm in length and 3 kilos in weight, even though its average length does not exceed 40 cm and 1 kilo. It feeds on small fish and invertebrates
. Its reproduction takes place during the months of January until May. The forkbeard fish is fished with static nets, bottom trawl and long liners. It is not considered to be a good quality fish therefore its price on the market is low.
Phycis phycis (Forkbeard) photos: