auricularis muscle (anatomy)
Auricularis is one of the superficial facial muscles. There are thought to be three parts, each originating from the plane of the galeal aponeurosis:
- auricularis anterior; sited anteriorly and protracts ear
- auricularis posterior; sited posteriorly and retracts ear
- auricularis superior; sited superiorly and elevates ear
All three parts insert into the cartilage of ear. Auricularis is innervated by the temporal branch of the facial nerve (VII).
Last reviewed 01/2018