Reeve (1849, pl. 7, sp. 35) argued that the name was attributed by Lamarck based on "a worn and very obscure specimen", yet still assimilates to it the <I>Turbo terebra</I> of the Fauna Svecica (not of Linnaeus, 1758 Sys. Nat. 10th Ed.), the <I>Turritella linnei</I> of Deshayes, 1833, as well as <I>Turritella communis</I> Risso, 1826 and the <I>Turritella ungulina</I> as listed by Deshayes (not of Linnaeus).
The true identity of this species is poorly known, and current research status points towards synonymy with <I>Turritella communis</I> Risso, 1826 over which it would take precedence should that be the case.