Found on muddy or sandy bottoms, less common on gravelly or hard bottoms. Adults found between 16.4 and >984 ft (5 and >300 m), but some seasonal migrations take place. Early settled juveniles live in an inquiline association with sea scallops, Pla-copecten magellanicus, or other structured habitats, after which they remain in relatively shallow coastal waters until their second year. Thereafter, they are most common in depths <328 ft (100 m) in warmer months, >328 ft (100 m) in colder months.
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