I was watching a documentary about Meerkats the other day and one thing that stuck out to me was how the Mother of a family will banish her daughters once they reach adolescence. If the daughters try to return to the family then the mother will viciously attack said daughter, it's quite sad.
Anyway, the reason for this makes sense (in terms of evolution) because if the adolescent Meerkat were to fall pregnant, she would need more food & support from the clan, thus jeopardizing the original Mother's chance of survival.
I think this is an example of animal behavior/population control where there can only be 1 mature female in the group, like there is with bees. Am I correct in assuming this? Do all animals show this behavior for the same reasons? Also is there a general term that can be applied to this phenomenon?