L1 users: 2,590 (2000).
Maluku Utara province: East Halmahera regency, Maba district, Miaf, Bebsili, and Marasipno villages; Wasile district, pass between Lolobata and Buli; North Halmahera regency, Kao district, Taboulamo area; Tobelo district, Kusuri. Dodaga, Tutuling, Akelamo, and Mabulan rivers in Maba district.
Teluk Lili, Kusuri. Possibly several dialects separated by large distances. Inadequate intelligibility with Tobelo [tlb] variety.
Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind].
Forest people who have contact with village people when selling copra and purchasing supplies. Traditional religion, Christian.