|Image of a shell of Curtitoma ovalis|
The length of the shell varies between 4.8 mm and 5.5 mm.
The very small shell has a fusiform or subovate shape. with four of five convex whorls, a very short spire, and a large body whorl. The sculpture is very finely cancellated or reticulated. The whorls are usually rather evenly rounded, moderately convex, but often have a very slightly marked, rounded shoulder. The suture is somewhat impressed, rather oblique. The protoconch is relatively not small, with the apex not prominent, so that it appears to be obtuse, or rounded, smooth, and glassy. The whole surface below the protoconch is covered by fine, raised, revolving cinguli, separated by slight grooves of about the same width, and by equally fine, slightly sinuous, transverse riblets, coincident with the lines of growth, and receding in a distinct curve on the subsutural band. The crossing of these two sets of lines produces a finely cancellated sculpture over the whole surface, but the transverse lines are usually more evident on the convexity of the whorls, while the spiral lines are more conspicuous anteriorly, and on the siphon. The aperture is relatively large, oblong-elliptical, slightly obtusely angled posteriorly. The sinus is shallow, but distinct, evenly concave. The outer lip is elsewhere evenly convex. The siphonal canal is short and broad, not constricted at the base by any incurvature of the outer lip. The columella is strongly concave or excavated, in the middle, sigmoid anteriorly. The color of shell is pale greenish white, covered by a thin epidermis of similar color.  The operculum ear is shaped with a central ridge.
- Curtitoma ovalis (Friele, 1877). Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 8 August 2011.
- Verrill, A. E. 1882. Catalogue of marine Mollusca added to the fauna of the New England region, during the past ten years. Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences 5: 451-587, pls. 42-44, 57-58 (described as Bela pygmaea)
- Friele H. (1877), Preliminary report on the Mollusca from the Norwegian North Atlantic Expedition in 1876; Nyt Magazin for Naturvidenskaberne, 23: 1-10,
- Abbott, R.T. (1974). American Seashells. 2nd ed. Van Nostrand Reinhold: New York, NY (USA). 663 pp.
- 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
- Verrill, A. E. 1882. Catalogue of marine Mollusca added to the fauna of the New England region, during the past ten years. Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences 5: 451-587, pls. 42-44, 57-58
- Tucker, J.K. 2004 Catalog of recent and fossil turrids (Mollusca: Gastropoda). Zootaxa 682:1-1295.
- Bouchet, Philippe, and Anders Warén. "The abyssal molluscan fauna of the Norwegian Sea and its relation to other faunas." Sarsia 64.3 (1979): 211-243.
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