Lions, like mountain lions
, do not have a dark pattern of spots or stripes superimposed over their base coat color. Lions range in color from nearly white
to tawny yellow, ash brown, ochre, and deep orange-brown. They have a tuft of dark fur at the tip of their tail. Although adult lions are uniform in color, lion cubs have a light spot pattern
which fades as they mature. Adult lions are also sexually dimorphic
, that is males and females differ in their appearance.