30,000 (Wurm 2000).
Numerous island communities, east, north, and west of Bird’s Head, Papua Province, Biak Numfor regency, Biak and Numfor islands north, Yapen Island regency, north coast area east of Cape Jobi; Papua Barat Province, including the Mapia islands, 320 kms north of Cape Saweba, Raja Ampat regency, Bantanta and south Waigeo islands northwest of Sorong city.
Ariom, Bo’o, Dwar, Fairi, Jenures, Korim, Mandusir, Mofu, Opif, Padoa, Penasifu, Samberi, Sampori (Mokmer), Sor, Sorendidori, Sundei, Wari, Wadibu, Sorido, Bosnik, Korido, Warsa, Wardo, Kamer, Mapia, Mios Num, Rumberpon, Monoarfu, Yobi (Jobi). Some consider Biak and Numfor dialect 2 languages.
Potentially endangered (2000 S. Wurm). Strong influence from Indonesian [ind]; younger generation losing command of it; many prefer Indonesian (Wurm 2007).
Latin script [Latn].
Christian, traditional religion.