50,000 (Marshall 2000). Under 1% monolingual. 25,000 in the language area and 25,000 elsewhere (Marshall 2000).
Southeast Maluku Province, 30 villages. North Tanimbar islands, Fordata, Larat, and Molu-Maru groups; northwest, Yamdena island west coast. Seira island. Also Jakarta, other cities.
Fordata-Larat I, Fordata-Larat II, Molo (Molo-Maru), Sera (Seira). Sera is most divergent dialect. Lexical similarity: 68% with Kei [kei].
Primary schools in nearly every village, secondary schools for every 3 or 4 villages. Christian.