The blackbelly rosefish has a reddish back and pink and whitish hues in the belly. Its body is robust, with big, bulgy eyes and distinctive spines. It is found in the northeast Atlantic and in the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, where it lives close to the seabed, from 200 to 1000 meters deep, often dwelling in marine wrecks. It is a solitary species that only gathers in summer, for reproduction. It feeds on fish and crustaceans during the day, with a period of inactivity at nighttime.