Top 10 Species Where the Female is Boss

Some animals are matriarchal and females are the leaders that dominate.

The Top Ten

1 Killer Whale Killer Whale The killer whale or orca is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member.

They live in groups called pods and orca pods are led by matriarchal females. Female orcas at 35+ years of age are more likely to lead the pack (younger orcas has no the needed knowledge and experience, and are more involved in reproduction).
Killer whales can live 90 years and have the longest post-reproductive lifespan among the animals, excluding humans. - Metal_Treasure

2 Spotted Hyena Spotted Hyena Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae /haɪˈɛnᵻdiː/. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia.

This is one of the reasons what makes (real-life) spotted hyenas awesome. Definitely not henchmen nor comic-relief trios, for sure!

According to many, it has the most powerful bite of all mammals. And in this species, the female is the larger, stronger, and dominant gender.
Spotted hyenas live in clans (about 100 hyenas in a clan) where the social groupings are so much in favor of the females that an adult male newcomer ranks below cubs belonging even to a low ranking female. - Metal_Treasure

3 Bees Bees
4 Dwarf Mongoose Dwarf Mongoose

Their groups have a strong social hierarchy - mongoose groups are headed up by an alpha female who holds the sole breeding rights among all of the females in her colony. Other females are not permitted to breed, they are only allowed to assist in raising the young born to the dominant female mongoose. If other females do breed, their young may be killed to maintain the social hierarchy.
The rank of the alpha male is much lower - he's a guard in charge of territorial defense and may act as a sentinel. - Metal_Treasure

5 Termites Termites Termites are eusocial insects that are classified at the taxonomic rank of infraorder Isoptera, or as epifamily Termitoidae within the cockroach order Blattodea.
6 Ants Ants Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera.
7 Naked Mole Rat Naked Mole Rat The naked mole-rat, also known as the sand puppy, is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa. It is closely related to the blesmols and is the only species in the genus Heterocephalus of the family Heterocephalidae.

They live in insect-like colonies governed by a dominant queen (similar to bees and termites).
The queen is the only breeding female in the colony, preventing all other females from breeding through very aggressive dominance. - Metal_Treasure

8 Mosquito Mosquito Spanish for "small fly," mosquitoes are flies that have been known to cause various diseases . A sample of diseases caused by mosquitoes: malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus .

Only females are aggressive predators and blood sucking agents of attack.
Males feed on plant juices... - Metal_Treasure

9 Praying Mantis
10 Bonobo Bonobo

The Contenders

11 Octopus Octopus The octopus is a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda. It has two eyes and four pairs of arms and, like other cephalopods, it is bilaterally symmetric. It has a beak, with its mouth at the center point of the arms.

Males can even be victims of sexual cannibalism... eaten by the female. If this isn't a female dominance, I don't know what is. - Metal_Treasure

12 Topi Antelope
13 Phalarope
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