1,000 (1992 SIL).
Maluku Utara Province, enclaves on both sides of Morotai strait, Pulau Morotai regency, Morotai island, Pilowo and Waringin villages; Halmahera Utara regency, Bobane and Igo villages.
Under strong pressure from the languages from which the majority of its vocabulary seems to have originated (Wurm 2007). All domains.
Consider Sulawesi their ancestral homeland.