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This is a highly cosmopolitan species. It is found all over the Mediterranean and also in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans between latitudes of 20° and 40° North.
The snipefish is a small fish measuring 10 to 20cm long that lives close to sandy or muddy bottoms at 50 to 500m below the surface. It feeds on small invertebrates, especially crustaceans, which it finds on or near the seabed. It has a golden pink back and a silvery-pink belly. The second spine of its dorsal fin is long and strong.
Scientific name: Macroramphosus scolopax
French: Bécasse de mer