Occipitalis muscle

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 13 Jul 2019

Occipitalis muscle originates from tendinous fibers from the lateral two thirds of the superior nuchal line (of the occipital bone) and the mastoid part of the temporal bone and inserts into the epicranial aponeurosis

It is supplied by the posterior auricular and occipital arteries. It is innervated by the posterior auricular branch of the facial nerve

Occipitalis acts to draw the scalp posteriorly.

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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