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The klipspringer is a small, sturdy antelope reaching 43–60 centimetres (17–24 in) at the shoulder. The head-and-body length is typically between 75 and 115 centimetres (30 and 45 in). It weighs from 8 to 18 kilograms (18 to 40 lb). The klipspringer is sexually dimorphic females are slightly larger and heavier than the males. The tail measures 6.5–10.5 centimetres (2.6–4.1 in). Prominent facial features include the brown forehead, short ears marked with black, prominent preorbital glands near the eyes, and white lips and chin. The horns, short and spiky, present only on males, typically measure 7.5–9 centimetres (3.0–3.5 in) the maximum recorded horn length is 15.9 centimetres (6.3 in). The coat of the klipspringer, yellowish gray to reddish brown, acts as an efficient camouflage in its rocky habitat the underbelly is white. Unlike most other antelopes, the klipspringer has a thick and coarse coat with hollow, brittle hairs. The incisors might even get damaged by the hairs while grooming. However, the coat is a significant adaptation that saves the animal during steep falls and provides effective insulation in the extreme climates characteristic of its mountain habitat. A study showed that ticks occur in larger numbers on the underbelly, where the hair is less coarse. The hair often turns erect, especially if the animal is ill or if its temperature increases. Another feature unique to the klipspringer is its gait it walks on th...

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Animalia: Chordata: Artiodactyla: Mammalia: Bovidae: Oreotragus oreotragus

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