18,000 (2012 SIL).
Veraguas province: from highlands to Caribbean coast; Ngobe Bugle province: Kusapin, Muna, and Nurum districts.
Vigorous in Bocas, but those in Chiriqui are losing the language (Adelaar 2007).
Latin script [Latn].
Those in Chiriquí live among the Guaymí, with whom they are often confused (Adelaar 2007).