Keel high and colorless, and inserts between fifth and sixth shell whorls in animals larger than about 1.5 mm. Spire elevated and cone-shaped, of about 4 whorls, and with a complex pattern of ornamentation. Spire coloration ranges from yellowish brown to dark brown. Prominent spiral ridge located along the outer margin of spire whorls. Spire ornamentation ends on the protoconch and is replaced by rows of small punctae on the teleoconch.
See the family Atlantidae for a discussion of the species groups.