1,210,000 (2014 SIL). Based on extrapolations of latest census figures to report on Malagasy people groups (2014 L. Bouwer).
Diana, Sofia, Boeny, Betsiboka, Melaky, Menabe and (coastline only) Atsimo-Andrefana regions; western Bongolava, Vakinankaratra, and Amoron’i Mania regions.
Menabe, Northern Sakalava Boeny, Southern Sakalava Boeny, Vezo. A member of macrolanguage Malagasy [mlg].