As with other hippolytid shrimp, this species has no exopodites on its pereopods, the carpus of pereopod 2 is divided into 3-7 subunits (articles, a "multiarticulated carpus"), and a rostrum is present but if it has dorsal spines they are not movable. This species has 7 subunits (articles) in the carpus of pereopod 2, has 1 supraorbital spine,(photo), maxilliped 3 has no exopodite, the rostrum is longer than the eye and reaches just beyond the middle of the antennal scale, and the pleura of abdominal segments 2 and 3 end in sharp points. The carapace has 4 large, forward-pointing spines on the mid-dorsal line. Usually translucent with brown or reddish-brown bands. Total length to 10.7 cm, usually less than 4 cm.