The western hartebeest is a relatively large hartebeest with a high frontal pedicel. General color is a dull sandy brown, with the front of the legs darker, and a distinctive white line between the eyes. The horns (both sexes) are thick, massive and U-shaped when viewed from the front. They grow upward, outward and slightly backward, then upward and forward, and finally bend sharply backward.
DISTRIBUTION From Senegal eastward to northern Cameroon.
TAXONOMIC NOTES This category includes three listed subspecies: invadens (northeastern Nigeria to northern Cameroon), major (Senegal and Guinea) and matschiei (Ivory Coast to central Nigeria), with major Blyth, 1869 having priority.
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