V. contei forms delicate translucent white colonies with short branches. Zooids are short, widening distally and tapering proximally. Zooids measure an average of 0.33 X 0.14 mm in size, but fertile zooids tend to be shorter. Avicularia
are not present in this species. Rather, there is a long pointed process on either side of the semicircular orifice. The lophophore measures approximately 0.25 mm in diameter, and bears 12 tentacles.