Shell size to 26 mm; shell turreted, with spire occupying about 2/3 of shell length. Sculpture of about nine ribs crossed by raised spiral cordlets. Anterior canal short. Color dark-brown. For many years this species was misidentified by modern authors as Zonulispira crocata (Reeve, 1845). The shell in the main image was collected on Sanibel by Susan J. Hewitt in December 2012.