Inquisitor alabaster

Inquisitor alabaster is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Pseudomelatomidae, the turrids and allies.[1]

Inquisitor alabaster
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Apertural view of a shell of Inquisitor alabaster
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda
Order: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Pseudomelatomidae
Genus: Inquisitor
I. alabaster
Binomial name
Inquisitor alabaster
(Reeve, 1843)
  • Clavus alabaster (Reeve, 1843)
  • Drillia (Crassispira) alabaster (Reeve, 1843)
  • Inquisitor alabastes (Reeve, 1843)
  • Pleurotoma alabaster Reeve, 1843


The length of the shell varies between 30 mm and 40 mm.

The turreted shell is snowy white, sometimes faintly rose-tinged. It is longitudinally ribbed, with very fine revolving grooves and striae. It is somewhat depressed next the suture. The sinus is broad.[2]


This marine species occurs off the Philippines and in the China Seas.


  • Reeve, Lovell. Conchologia Iconica: Or, Illustrations of the Shells of Molluscous Animals: I. Reeve, 1843.
  • Liu J.Y. [Ruiyu] (ed.). (2008). Checklist of marine biota of China seas. China Science Press. 1267 pp.

External linksEdit

  • Tucker, J.K. (2004). "Catalog of recent and fossil turrids (Mollusca: Gastropoda)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 682: 1–1295.
  • "Inquisitor alabaster". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  • Brazier, J. 1876. A list of the Pleurotomidae collected during the Chevert expedition, with the description of the new species. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1: 151–162