Shell size to 9 mm; shell fusiform, with sides of whorls and spire straight. Sculpture of 14-16 straight axial ribs. Aperture about 1/3 of shell length. Outer lip thick, forming varix, with 5-6 denticles internally, largest denticle posterior. Color whitish to tan with brownish specklings and commonly with slightly oblique dashed to solid brown spiral lines. Considered by some authors as synonym of Anachis hotessieriana (d’Orbigny, 1842).