The size of the shell varies between 9 mm and 14 mm. The shell is more solid than Gibbula adansonii, generally paler and the base of the shell is whitish. The spiral sculpture is stronger. The penultimate whorl has about 5 well-marked, separated spiral lirae. The body whorl is angulate at the periphery. 
- Gibbula adriatica (Philippi, 1844). Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 1 May 2010.
- Tryon (1889), Manual of Conchology XI, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia
- Philippi R. A., 1844: Enumeratio molluscorum Siciliae cum viventium tum in tellure tertiaria fossilium, quae in itinere suo observavit. Vol. 2 ; Eduard Anton, Halle [Halis Saxorum] iv + 303 p., pl. 13-28
- Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180-213
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