500,000 (1989 B. Hewitt).
West lowlands, Abkhazia Region, Ochamchira and Gali municipalities; southern half, Samegrelo-Zemo Svateni Region; Imereti Region, Samtredia and Tsqaltubo municipalities; Guria Region, Lanchkhuti municipality; Racha-Lochkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti, Tsageri municipality.
None known. Officially considered a single language with Laz [lzz] called Zan, but linguists recognize they are not inherently mutually intelligible.
Younger generation uses the language less (Salminen 2007). Also use Georgian [kat].
Georgian (Mkhedruli) script [Geor].
Ethnic autonym: Margaluri. Christian.