Original drawing in "Guid d'identification des
poissons marins Europe et Mediterranee" by Patrick Louisy
15 to 25 cm
Atlantic, Bay of Biscay, south France to Senegal, Madeira,
Canary islands, Azores, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea (S.
n. afimbria), rare in northern Adriatic Sea.
2 to 700 meters.
and small fishes.
on rocky and littoral habitats, sandy or muddy bottoms. Little
is known about its reproduction (spawns probably in
May). Looks very similar with S. porcus. The two species
differ on supraorbital tentacles (short in S. notata). It is a
food fish (the main ingredient for a good bouillabaisse).
It is venomous. Their venom is heat
instable and becoming
less powerful by
hot water as one can tolerate on the area that was punctured.
well in captivity.
was taken in about 20 meters in a typical Mediterranean reef
near Syros island by G.
(hobbyist scuba diver, member of the
Ecological and Cultural Association