The Nile Lechwe has a very shaggy coat. The hair on the cheeks is particularly long in both sexes, and males may have even longer hair on their necks. Males and females have strikingly different coloration: females and juveniles are golden brown, while males become a rich mahogany or brownish-black as they age. Mature males have a white "saddle" on the shoulders and white markings on their otherwise dark faces; females do not have these strong markings, and in immature males, they remain golden brown. Only males grow horns, which rise from the head and bend backwards before curving upwards at the tips. The horns are strongly ridged at their bases.
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