The saber fish (Lepidopus caudatus), also commonly known as fish spatula (in southern Italy) or even fish blade or flagfish is a widely spread fish in the Mediterranean and in the West Atlantic coast.
The scabbard fish lives in environments up to 700 meters deep but can also be found at smaller depths (50 meters). Fish typical of muddy bottoms, the scabbard fish is a predator that feeds on squid, crustaceans but also small fish.
The spawning of the scabbard fish takes place between spring and summer although the reproductive cycle can vary depending on the areas in which it lives.
This fish with white and boiled meat is very popular in Southern Italy. It has few spines and a delicate flavor. It is sold both whole and in ideal fillets to be cooked in the oven or grilled.