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The North African gerbil is slightly larger than lesser gerbil. Fur on the dorsal side of the body long, soft, varies in color from orange to brown and white on the ventral side. The color becoming gradually paler to narrow border of clear orangish on the side of the body and forlimbe. Feet white. Eyes large, dark in color. Ears large, prominent and pigmented. Broad conspicuous band of dark-tipped hairs running from mystacial area beneath eye to base of ear. Postorbital and postauricular patches white and inconspicuous. Inconspicuous patch on the rump. Tail color as the dorsal side of the body on the upper surface and varies from white to brown on the ventral surface. Tail brush conspicuous; vary in color from grayish to blackish and about one-third to one-half of the tail length. Palm and sole without hairs.