8,000 (2001 SIL).
Maluku Province, southeast area, Maluku Tenggara Barat regency, Tanimbar island group; Selaru island off southwest tip of main island Yamdena, Yamdena island itself, Nuswotar island off Yamdena west coast: at least 6 villages. Some in Saumlake, Ambon towns.
Kandar. Slight dialect differences. Not closely related to nearby languages. Lexical similarity: 56% with Seluwasan [sws].
Vigorous. Also use Indonesian [ind].
Latin script [Latn].