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The lesser short-tailed gerbil has tail shorter than the head and body. Tail color dark on the upper surface with a scattering of black hairs. Tail brush very inconspicuous, with long hairs on tip of the tail only. Fur on the upperparts yellowish brown. The dorsal color becoming gradually paler to a narrow line of clear yellowish on the side but not running onto forelimb. Underparts and upper surfaces of feet white. Eyes large. Ear large and pigmented. Conspicuous and broad band of dark-tipped hairs running from mystacial area beneath eye to base of ear. Inconspicuous and whitish supraorbital area. Patch on the rump lacking. Palm and sole of the feet without hairs.