Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, along East African coast to southern Kwazulu-Natal, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros and St. Brandon Shoals; not recorded in Gulf of Oman.
Occurs in shallow, sheltered waters, on hard corals; found on the upper part of coral reefs, usually along the reef margin in depths of about 1 m, often on corals covered by low algae.
Also found in bays or sheltered lagoons.
Helcogramma abeli (Klausewitz, 1960)
Tripterygion abeli Klausewitz, 1960
Trypterygium abeli Klausewitz, 1960