Deepwater species. Adults occur generally over rough ground from the central shelf. Juveniles are found in surface waters. Feed on pilchards, in addition to various bottom-dwelling fish. Preyed upon by sperm whales. It is taken by droplining down to 400 m, and is sometimes seen in the trawled catch. Utilized fresh and frozen; can be steamed, fried, broiled, boiled, microwaved and baked.
Circumglobal in southern waters. Australia, New Zealand, Juan Fernandez Archipelago off Chile, and the Tristan da Cunha Group, South Atlantic.