Superior auricular muscle

The superior auricular muscle, the largest of the three auriculares muscles, is also thin and fan-shaped. Its fibers arise from the galea aponeurotica, and converge to be inserted by a thin, flattened tendon into the upper part of the cranial surface of the auricula. This muscle is innervated by the temporal branch of the facial nerve

Superior auricular muscle
Face and neck muscles. Superior auricular muscle shown in red.
The muscles of the auricula. Superior auricular is at top (indicated by the red arrow).
OriginTemporal fascia
InsertionAbove the ear
ArteryPosterior auricular artery
Nervebranches to auricular muscle from posterior auricular nerve of facial nerve (cranial nerve VII)
ActionsPulls ear upward
Latinmusculus auricularis superior
Anatomical terms of muscle

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1035 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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