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lectotype can serve more data for generic traits and help to construct a key for eumaeine lycaenids based on internal characters. I have already dissected the lectotype in the Natural History Museum (subsequently added label: "B.M.(N.H.), Rhopalocera, vial number, 5753") in London two years ago and the genitalia is still at my disposal in the loan No. 9858 (date of issue 4-Sep-2000). The male genital organ is commonplace eumaeine (see Johnson 1991: 21, fig. 57 and Robbins 1991: 22, fig. 43) but much larger than those of the other Eumaeini species, what corresponds the enormous size of the imagines (length of forewing costa from base to apex: 33 mm). Moreover, it has an unusual qualitative character hitherto not reported for other eumaeine genera: below the tegumenal plate centrally there is a posteriorly very wide but anteriorly tapering, sclerotized fultura inferior with approximately 1/3 length of that of the aedeagus. This trait seems to be basal revealing a probable connection to African thecline genera as certain Theclini lineages also possess sclerotized plates around the anus (Eliot 1973: 385-386). The female of G. gigantea is hitherto not described, but I was informed by G. Beccaloni (London, UK) that during his research-staying in Ecuador (Beccaloni 1997: 105) he collected a female specimen, which was donated to the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC, USA). This record was published by Murray (2000: 60), without mentioning the sex of the specimen. Accordingly G. gigantea is hitherto known only from Brazil and Ecuador. REFERENCES Beccaloni, G. W. (1997): Ecology, natural history and behaviour of ithomiine butterflies and their mimics in Ecuador (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae). - Tropical Lepidoptera 8: 103-124. Bridges, Ch. A. (1988): Catalogue of Lycaenidae and Riodinidae (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Published by Author, Urbana, Illinois, pp vii + ii + 377 + ii + 115 + ii + 140 + 101 + ii + 7 + ii + 1 + ii + 10. Bridges, Ch. A. (1994): Catalogue of the family-group, genus-group and species-group names of the Riodinidae & Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera) of the world. - Published by Author, Urbana, Illinois, pp i-xiii (Introduction), i-ii+3 (Part I), i-ii+1 (Part II), i-ii+2 (Part III), i-ii+48 (Part IV), i-ii+1 2 (Part V), i-ii+26 (Part VI), i-ii+7 (Part VII), i-ii+502 (Part VIII), i-ii+1 35 (Part IX), i-ii+1 72 (Part X), i-ii+1 34 (Part XI), i-ii+50 (Part XII), i-ii+1 6 (Part IXII), i-ii+1 (Appendix I), i-ii+5 (Appendix II), i-ii+1 (Appendix III). Draudt M. (1919): 4. Gattung: Thecla F. - In: Seitz, A. (ed.): Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde, Band 5. Alfred Kernen Verlag, Stuttgart, pp 745-812. d'Abrera B. (1995): Butterflies of the Neotropical Region. Part VII. Lycaenidae. - Victoria, Black Rock, Hill House, pp i-xi, 1098-1270. d'Abrera, B. (2001): The concise Atlas of the Butterflies of the World. - Hill House Publishers, Melbourne/London, 353 pp.