The size of an adult shell varies between 40 mm and 80 mm. The thin shell has a depressed carinate and striate spire, which is yellowish, maculated with brown. The body whorl is striated below, yellowish, with two series of longitudinal forked and irregular dark brown markings, interrupted in the middle and at the base. There are traces of distant narrow brown revolving lines. The aperture is white.
- Bruguière, J. G., and Hwass, C. H., 1792. Cone. Encyclopédie Méthodique: Histoire Naturelle des Vers, 1: 586 -757
- Conus ferrugineus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792. Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 21 July 2011.
- George Washington Tryon, Manual of Conchology vol. VI, p. 50 (described as Conus chenui)
- Filmer R.M. (2001). A Catalogue of Nomenclature and Taxonomy in the Living Conidae 1758 - 1998. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden. 388pp.
- Tucker J.K. (2009). Recent cone species database. September 4, 2009 Edition