The Painted comber is a common, solitary, territorial species, bearing a characteristic blue spot on the belly, often seen around Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows and over rocky bottoms. 20 to 36 cm in length. The Painted comber is a synchronous hermaphrodite, carrying both ovaries and testes and able to produce eggs and sperm at the same time. Often seen in association with the Common octopus, maybe looking for a free meal.