The slender-horned gazelle is the palest gazelle of the Sahara. It is recognized by its compact build (20-30kg), and pale creamy tone to the sandy brown body colour, separated from the white underside by a darker flank band. When running the gait is direct and headlong, with the blackish tail held aloft above a white rump. The face pattern is typical of all smaller gazelles, with the large dark eyes emphasized by black linings to the eyelids. Small dark tufts are present on the carpal glands of the front legs.