Xymene pulcherrimus is a species of small predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Muricidae, the rock snails or murex snails.
This murex species is endemic
to the east coast of the South Island
, and the Chatham Islands
, of New Zealand
This snail is found at depths of about 110 m
The shell is lightly built, slender, with squarish interspaces and bicarinate spire
. The protoconch
is smooth and rounded without a peripheral keel.
Coloration is creamy-buff, often with a broad subperipheral reddish-brown spiral band, and the siphonal canal is similarly coloured.
Height is up to 12 mm, and width up to 5.75 mm. An extra large shell has been recorded at height 18.5 mm.