Freestyle Friday: FemDom
- The possibly one of the most social viverrids (which really isn’t saying much), lady binturongs (Arctictis binturong) are the dominant partner when paired up, in both size and attitude.[x]
- Spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) are the first mammal that comes to mind, their female favoring hierarchy that starts straight out of the womb and ambiguous external genitalia are common knowledge. [x]
- The pint sized dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula) society is similar to their meerkat cousins. The dominant female of the group of anywhere from 12-15 is the one that calls the shots and has exclusive breeding rights.[x]
- Another famously matriarchial mammal, the female African elephant (Loxodonta africana) lives in a cow led and nearly cow only herd, young male offspring don’t tend to stick around once they can fend for themselves. [x]
- The New Mexico whiptail (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus) takes it one step further, getting rid of males altogether. The reproduce via parthenogenesis, so it’s always ladies night. Despite not needing males, they need a bit of hot lesbian lizard on lizard mock mating (as seen here) to stimulate egg production. [x]
- Aggressively defending her territory, the polyandrous pheasant tailed jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) leaves the tending of eggs to her mates. [x]
- Far more vividly colored than the green males, the red and blue of the eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus) hen is both a “hello boys I am here” signal and “watch out ladies this is my nest” warning they will violently enforce. Cocks blend into the forest’s colors since they forage far and wide for food, while hens stay at home pampered and happily accept food offerings from sugar daddies that might not be their offspring’s father when hubby is out. Wiki says that they are polygynandrous, though males are less than pleased when they see other males at her doorstep [x]
- The female emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) has no time for caring for her eggs, which is the male’s job. She is the one who woos her mate with sweet moves and deep baritone booming, and fights rival females for them. After laying, she struts off into the sunset to find another man to seduce.
- European honey bee (Apis mellifera) queens. Eusocial animals are stuff of legends, you can’t get much better than a queen. A huge chunk of arthropod species have larger and longer lived females compared to males, far more than mammals. [x]
This is a teeny tiny minuscule list, species chosen mostly had to do with picture quality/consistency!